The first team are being put through their paces with intensive double sessions as they enter the second week of the pre-season programme at Chadwell Heath.
With virtually the entire squad involved, the signs are also good for those working their way back to full fitness. England midfielder Kieron Dyer is due to be back in full training by the time the squad return from North America and the games against Columbus Crew and the Major League Soccer All-Stars on 20 and 24 July respectively. He has made excellent progress over the summer as he recovers from his double leg-break suffered just over a year ago and will stay behind at Chadwell Heath to continue his fitness work in readiness for the new campaign.
Another welcome sight back on the practice pitches has been James Collins who has been joining in full running sessions and ball work with his team-mates. His Welsh international team-mate Danny Gabbidon is also back in training and is running. With James Tomkins and Freddie Sears set to join up with England for Under-19 duty, the only other two players not at Chadwell Heath are Freddie Ljungberg after his Euro 2008 exertions and Jonathan Spector who has begun his rehabilitation programme after hip surgery in the United States.