PETER JACKSON made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from football in the summer.
Town's manager booked a fortnight's holiday with wife Alison on the serene and beautiful island of Santorini - just as Greece were winning the European Championship. It didn't bother the man who spent the previous 12 months revitalising the club with pride, passion and promotion.
Since Lee Fowler's play-off winning kick in Cardiff, Jackson has rarely been able to switch off from plans for the coming season - thoughts of solid preparations, new signings and the excitement of leading his beloved club into Coca-Cola League I action.
Enthusiastic as ever, Jackson is well aware the honeymoon from May's success will last only so long if Town fail to maintain momentum in a division packed with derby delights.
He is confident, however, that no-one will work harder than a McAlpine squad strengthened by striker Junior Mendes and midfielder Chris Brandon and that Town will challenge - unless hit by a bad crop of injuries or suspensions.
With money in the bank for extra signings should they be needed, Jackson is happy with Town's build-up and - backed by more than 8,000 season-ticket holders - he's keen to make the McAlpine a fortress once again.
"I believe in my players and I'm backing them all the way," said Jackson.
"They didn't have a long break after working so hard to take us to promotion and they have come back through pre-season looking lean, fit and strong.
"Everyone is looking forward to the season and everyone is keen to progress from where we left off last season.
"It was a fantastic achievement to win promotion at the first attempt - the players deserved tremendous credit for that - and they've now had a taste of success, which just makes you eager for more.
"I'm very confident we will be fine.
"I really do believe we can be one of the dozen teams who can challenge for promotion and while we know there are some big spenders in our division, we've brought in a couple of excellent new signings, we've got power in the budget to add more and I feel we've got nothing to fear.
"It is important we make the stadium our fortress once again, because to suffer only three home League defeats was the cornerstone of our season, and it's got to be our aim to improve away from home in the first half of this season.
"It wasn't until Christmas that we picked up on our travels last time, but I like the way we are approaching the season, we've got a lot going for us and if we make a good solid start then we will be right among it.
"Last season, we didn't set the table alight until well into the campaign - so a good start this time will make it very exciting for all of us."
Popular since he first signed for the club in September 1990 - his first manager was Eoin Hand and he later signed for Neil Warnock - Jackson believes the supporters again have a massive part to play.
"When you look at the final two home games against Mansfield and Lincoln, we had almost 40,000 people through the turnstiles," he said.
"It proves we can attract big support and, with the list of derbies we've got to play this season, we are going to have some packed houses.
"Huddersfield Town is a big club and the expectations here match that.
"Even though some people told me not to come back when the chance came around, and even though I knew there would be pressure to do well from Day One, I never hesitated because I knew what a mess the club was in, I knew how much the fans wanted it to turn around and I was confident that with a lot of hard work - and the backing of an excellent staff - we could achieve good things.
"Winning at Cardiff was a fantastic highlight and brought us promotion probably faster than most people thought, remembering we started last season with only eight players, no staff, no pre-season plan and no season-tickets sold.
"The challenge now is to keep the momentum going which we've created by winning promotion - and that brings pressure.
"But the most pleasing thing is that in complete contrast to 12 months ago, we've had a very settled pre-season with just a couple of additions to the players who did so well last time.
"I've signed a new three-year contract, which gives us the leeway to plan solidly for the future, most of the players are signed up for at least another couple of years and I really do think we can have a big future at this club.
"The most pleasing thing of all, though, is that the supporters are proud to be associated with Huddersfield Town again.
"People are talking about the club again in the right manner.
"Two relegations in three years left things very much in the doldrums and the financial problems have been well documented, but it gives me a great deal of pleasure to see people wandering around in blue and white stripes and, when you sample the atmosphere at the stadium when everyone is behind us, it makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck."
Jackson says that feel-good factor goes right through the club.
"I love it, because everyone in the club is positive and we all stick together," he explained.
"When I came back it felt like I was coming home.
"The office, the people, the stadium - it was all so familiar - and yet it needed a lot of effort to turn things around.
"I'm really proud of the way we did that and I'm confident in my group of players - but we know we can't live in the past.
"We have to look forward, be determined to enjoy our football and our work again and the one thing I can promise the fans is that we'll put in every ounce of effort this season.
"Last season we worked day by day to build things up - just getting a team on the field against Cambridge on opening day was a feat in itself - but this time we've had a steady structure and hopefully that will serve us well.
"I really do believe we can taste more success at this club over the next few years because we've got good things in place both on and off the field and we've got an excellent Academy set-up under Gerry Murphy, John Dungworth and Chris Howarth.
"The future of the club is in home grown talent and no-one needs to be told how well our own products did last season.
"That same desire and passion is shared by every player here and by everyone who works here.
"The job is still 24-7 for me, but I wouldn't want it any other way, I'm looking forward to the season and I just hope the fans feel exactly the same way and get right behind the lads.
"We're on the up, and we want to keep it that way."