ON-loan defender Darren Ward says Town’s break from fixtures this weekend will give them time to prepare for the busy Christmas schedule.
Talking to STFC Player, Ward also highlighted the importance of maintaining their high level of fitness.
“Hopefully it will be an enjoyable one,” he said. “We can get back to work and work on the tactical side of things we’ll need for games coming up because it’s going to be a busy period coming up over Christmas so I’m looking forward to it.
“You have to be fit. At other clubs I’ve been at it has been different but I like to think I’ve got to a good level now and hopefully I can keep it going.”
Reviewing his first few months as a Town player, the 34-year-old declared himself pleased with how things have been going.
He said: “It’s like anything when you join a new club it takes time. I can’t imagine many players who have joined a club and fitted in straight away especially when it’s been different to what I’ve been used to but it does take time. Of the loanees I’ve played the most and I’m pretty happy with that.
“I’ve enjoyed it and it is easier when you’re fitter and things have settled down. Not only on the pitch - sometimes people forget that there are matters off the pitch. You have to settle down with your family and when you move into the area it does take time - like in any industry - it takes time to settle but I’m really enjoying things at the moment.“
After the recent heavy rain, Ward revealed that the weather had played it’s part in Town’s training sessions.
“My boots are waterlogged at the minute so it’s been different but you’ve got to take what comes at you. We’ve had a very hard session yesterday but that’s what you’ve got to do.”
To hear more from the Town centre-half, log-in to STFC Player where the defender discusses life over the Christmas period for a footballer and talks about the merits of a continental-style winter break.