Rajiv van La Parra is already planning to build on some encouraging performances for Huddersfield Town when he plays a full part next season.
The 24-year-old former Wolves winger is one of David Wagner’s permanent signings alongside Chris Lowe and Michael Hefele and says he is determined to impress in 2016-17.
“I already know that pre-season is going to be really hard, but it is going to be important to have a good one,” said the Dutchman.
“In England you have no winter break, so it is an important time to get ready. At the end, we will profit from a tough time.
“I’m really excited; for me, the season cannot begin early enough. I’m looking forward to it.
“Last season, I saw what we are capable of and how we can play. At times we did really well and I was really impressed.
“I think that, combined with some new players, means we can make things happen next season.
“We have the belief that we can and I think the fans believe it too, which is important.
“That will help us to reach a higher level on the pitch.”
Van La Parra says his eight appearances so far will stand him in good stead for next season.
“I’m happy that I came earlier, because now I already know what the head coach expects from me next season,” he said.
“I can build on what I’ve begun at the end of last season.
“What the head coach wants is really different. For any player who comes and joins the team who has not played this style, it can be a little bit difficult.
“I didn’t expect to need so much time to get settled in the style, but he expects you to bring a lot of intensity to the game.
“Now we are used to it, you will see a big difference. We will step up our game, which is a good thing.”