Crystal Palace’s first team and development squad are back in training this week, as the management team and the club's fitness coaches take charge of getting the players up to speed ahead of their pre-season tour of America.
There were a few first team faces missing from the training ground, with several players still involved in the Euros, and a number of others given an extended break having competed in international matches for their respective countries.
However those who did report for training were in good spirits, and Damien Delaney says it’s always nice coming back from the summer break and getting back into work mode in preparation for the new season.
“It’s good to see the lads again, I haven’t seen a lot of them for a while so it’s quite nice to catch up and see what they did over the summer. We’re back to work now and getting the work head screwed on and I’m looking forward to seeing what the year brings us.”
With Palace’s Welsh trio Joe Ledley, Jonny Williams and Wayne Hennessey involved in Wales’ finest run of form in their country’s footballing history, there is a good feeling amongst club teammates as to what this will mean for the Eagles going in to the new season.
Wilfired Zaha is one of those, and having been watching the Euros during his summer break, the Palace winger believes it is a lesson for any player, wherever they play their club football, that anyone can compete with the very best on any given day.
“What Wales have done is crazy because no one expected it. It just shows when your confidence is high and you believe in yourself you can become a different player and you don’t necessarily have to be at one of the top clubs.
“When Wales played Belgium, on paper, you’d have Belgium to win all day long - they had Hazard, De Bruyne - so it just shows working together makes a massive difference.”
Palace fly out to Philadelphia this Sunday for the start of their 12-day tour of America. The Eagles’ first game will be against MLS side Philadelphia Union on Wednesday 13th July.