MICK DOCHERTY believes success will be as much in the mind as the body for Town this season.
The Galpharm coach says honing both mental and physical stamina is on his pre-season agenda.
"We have to be able to go the distance in games, and the two aspects go hand in hand," said Docherty, who is looking forward to Saturday's opening friendly at Bury.
"It's a proven fact that the fitter players are, the longer they last in games and consequently, the more they win.
"Last season Chelsea scored goals in the final 15 minutes of 19 of their matches, and that's down to good fitness levels.
"If players aren?t quite up to the mark physically, concentration is one of the first things to go, and that?s when potentially costly mistakes creep in."
Docherty, 57, who was brought to the Galpharm by manager Stan Ternent in May and has 28 years of coaching experience, is delighted with the way things are working out so far.
"Stan knows what myself and Ronnie Jepson are good at doing and trusts us to do what he asks, and in the past it's worked well.
"The idea is to repeat that here at Huddersfield, which is a fresh and exciting challenge, and with a manager as capable as Stan, there?s a good chance of it happening."