NIGEL Clough is looking for The Brewers to have a positive pre-season so they start the League One campaign in a confident mood.
Albion struggled through their pre-season games last summer due to a combination of the relegation hangover, injuries and having to wait to bring players into the squad.
The Brewers manager said: “It has to be better than last summer and that had an impact going into the first few weeks of the season.
“It will be a completely different feeling when everyone comes back in July.
“We played well for the second half of last season and everyone is looking forward to coming back and picking up where we left off last season. Some of the younger ones have the option of coming back early to make sure they are up to speed.
“Chris Beardsley is available three times a week if they want to do a running session, a weights session, whatever.
“Some of the players don’t like the break. It’s a long season and they are ready for a break at the end of the season but come June some are ready to start again so we give them the opportunity.
“But we don’t want them doing too much. Pre-season is designed to get you up to a certain level. If you are already at that level there’s nowhere to go. We also don’t want them coming back having too much to make up so it’s about getting that balance.
“We want them rested over the summer, relaxed and not too much overweight. They need to come back in good enough shape to benefit from pre-season.”