Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday has said he is pleased with the efforts of his players at a tough pre season training camp in Italy.
The players have been subjected to intense training schedules as they get ready for the challenge of the new season.
The trip has not gone smoothly though following a no-show from the team who Leeds were due to face in a second friendly.
But Hockaday speaking to the official website has said he is happy with the way things have gone so far.
“Since I have been at the club the players that I have been given have been first-rate,” said Hockaday. “They haven’t given me any problems and they haven’t moaned.
“We were doing three sessions a day and there wasn’t one grumble.The training that we did out in Italy was all realistic.
“They can see how we want to play. So the players could see that what we were doing was relevant to what we want to do here.
“The players have been a dream to coach.”
“When I have spoken to the players they feel that there is a different culture here now and they feel like they are buying into it,” added Hockaday.
“Everyday we were out there we moved forward. We have to be a team. If there are one or two people that aren’t with us then we have a problem.
“But everybody is pulling in the same direction and everybody wants to do well for Leeds United.
“There were no distractions out there but we kept them occupied with three training sessions and by the time they were finished and had dinner they all crawled into bed.
“The players all worked incredibly hard.”