Mansfield Town’s new-look squad are ready for the start of the new League Two season, according to manager David Flitcroft.
The Stags completed a fine pre-season programme on Saturday with a 2-1 home victory over Rotherham United to remain unbeaten against four Championship sides this summer - Rotherham, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, winning three of the matches.
Flitcroft said: “There’s a togetherness that we’ve grown in Portugal, which has allowed us to bring in the quality that I talked about last season.
“There is a hunger and an ambition to what they do. We’ve had some very tough tests, each one different, but they’ve come through them.
“I’ve watched a group of players improve and grow. Now they are ready.
“If the game [first game of the season] would’ve been today I would’ve had no qualms. Next week just gives us that fine-tuning what we need.
“Lessons we have learned from today (against Rotherham) we will get into that. It is just about sharpening everything up.”
Flitcroft also praised matchwinner Tyler Walker for his goal that ultimately beat the Millers, and for his pre-season work.
“Tyler is one who has had a really robust pre-season. When you’re a development player like he’s been you probably get eight to 12 weeks to get fit,” said Flitcroft.
“We’ve got to try and get these boys match-ready in six weeks.
“I can see by the way everyone is celebrating that they’re chuffed for him. The goal is a big weight off his shoulders.”