We are fortunate, working with well paid professional athletes, that is is their job as well as their passion to become the best player they can be. However, one has to acknowledge that pre season is both a physical and mental challenge to each player and individuals will have good and bad days no matter what their levels of experience. To this end, it is important to provide challenging but reachable short term goals throughout pre season (and in season) that each player can strive to achieve. Our program is designed to identify targets and goals that each player must achieve before they move on – thus creating a positive, competitive environment in which each individual can realise their potential. It is also essential, whilst developing good habits and routines, to provide a modicum of flexibility and variation in the program that allows the pressure valve to be released. In my opinion, this is one of the most important factors when planning pre season – rugby league players will always work hard – learning to relax and recover is hugely important and must be scheduled into the overall program. Generally, however, once a player understands that what they are doing will benefit them, their career and the team, training ceases being work (although it can always be hard) and becomes challenging, fun and rewarding. Jeremy Hickmans Jeremy Hickmans is the Performance Director for Wayne Bennet and the Newcastle Knights Please click here to learn more about Jeremy Hickmans and purchase his Rugby League Training Programs.