Liam Moore has stressed the importance of strong mentality and discipline among the Reading squad, as the first team report back to Hogwood for the first day of pre-season training.
Having enjoyed his summer break, Moore wants the squad to hit the ground running in the Championship this season.
The 26-year-old was spotted on social media training in extremely hot weather conditions in Dubai last week, as he aims to be in as good a shape as possible heading into pre-season.
On his time off, he said: "It was amazing. It was a really nice summer, we had a bit of extended time, we definitely made the most of it but I'm definitely happy to be back now.
"I did a lot of endurance running, then as time went on, I got into a bit of short, sharp stuff.
"I think it's important for me to come back sharp, I want to lead by example. I feel in good shape and ready to go.
"I know the manager is big into running, we'll do a bit of testing this morning then get straight out on the pitch. No boots I don't imagine, just trainers and getting going."
With a week of training under their belts at Hogwood, the squad will be flying out to Spain on Sunday as they ramp up their preparations on a two-week training camp abroad.
"Pre-season camps are always good, you get a lot of work done in there," he elaborated.
"We're away for two weeks so it'll be an important camp. When we come back, we've only got a week to go, so preparations have got to start straight away and we'll be ready to go.
"Mentality and discipline - they're the two things we have to start with from today. It's an important role this season for senior players to help the young lads through, set high standards and don't accept second best."