Getting his squad together for the bulk of pre-season will provide Huddersfield Town with an advantage now the Championship is kicking off.
That’s the assertion of head coach David Wagner as Town tackle Brentford in the opening game of the 2016/17 campaign.
“I’m totally sure it’s an advantage (to get new signings in early),” said Wagner.
“Every manager likes to get his group together as soon as he can in pre-season.
“This was an advantage that we did our business very early and that we are able to have the players together early to work with.
“It was also good that by the time we played Werder Bremen in Austria, everybody in the squad was getting minutes on the pitch with the exception of Nahki Wells (and keeper Joe Murphy who is working his way back from shoulder surgery).
“Every player had had a tick against his name for being involved so, from a fitness level I think we are on a good level.
“We are not at the highest level, but we are at the highest level where we can be after six weeks. Our fitness will develop from here throughout the season and with more game minutes.
“All in all, I am happy with pre-season, but I can genuinely say we are all delighted the proper games are here now.”
Wagner believes Town have solid cover for all positions, although he has not ruled out further signings before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
“Our idea was always to have a proper squad of real first-team players, so we can react if we have some injuries,” he explained.
“I think it’s a normal situation to have a couple of injuries when you go to a weekend.
“The weeks when we have no injuries is probably five times a season, so when we brought the squad together this was something we were mindful of.”
Town go into the season without leading scorer Nahki Wells, although he should be fit to face Newcastle United next Saturday if not Shrewsbury (League Cup) on Tuesday night.
Midfielders Harry Bunn (hamstring) and Phil Billing (ankle) will be out for another couple of weeks after being injured on the pre-season tour to Austria against Werder Bremen.