Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni is delighted to have returned to the Beckenham Training Ground and starting pre-season training and is looking forward to the new league season starting on August 18th against Watford.
“We are always trying to push forward,” he said. “That's the manager's idea and as a group of players we want to continue to progress and be better players.”
The keeper will however have his full pre-season training delayed by a week as he undergoes surgery on his hand this Monday.
“I think it [the recovery] will be pretty quick, and I'll be back doing normal training soon."
The holiday time for the squad are now over and the focus is solely on preparation for the the big kick-off.
“For me, it [the holidays] went really quick after seeing the family and friends back home in Argentina,” he said.
“It's always tough to say goodbye and come back. But as soon as you get here, you forget everything and get on with the job.”
Palace have added Joel Ward, Aaron Martin and Aaron Wilbraham to the squad and Speroni feels they are adjusting well.
“They are settling in very well. The lads have welcomed them and I am sure it's going to be a good season for them here with us.”
Before that first league game the club have Exeter in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday August 14th and Speroni believes that it will not deter their focus.
“We are going to take it professionally and prepare as we always do. It's a bit weird, you normally play the first [league] game of the season first, and then the cup game.”
The first match of the new npower Championship season sees Palace play newly-bought Watford here at Selhurst Park, and the 33 year old has played down the effect their opposition's recent takeover will have on the game.
“It creates a lot of expectations as people think how this club are they going to do in this cup competition as it went so well last season for us, but I think players don't think too much about that, they try and concentrate on what needs to be done this campaign.”