Practice started yesterday and with it, my favourite time of the year. The first couple of weeks of pre season training are a great time. They are a time of good humour and optimism. Every team is better than last season. Every team is equal first. Every player is fit and unfatigued and a starter. The contract you signed is great. And (and this shouldn’t be underestimated) the sun is still shining. It is a time to enjoy but sooner or later reality peeks his (her?) head around the corner with a wide grin. Because as we all know only one team can be first. Most teams aren’t better than last season. Players (and coaches) get injured and fatigued and only seven of them start. Not all contracts are actually paid on time. Or at all. And winter comes faster than you’ve planned. Alway faster. Much faster.
For the moment though, I’m prepared to enjoy it although it’s only day two and we’ve had our first injury. And it’s raining, but still.