Swindon Town Boss Phil Brown has liked the little glimpses he's seen of Dion Conroy so far and has predicted a massive pre-season for the defender.
The former Chelsea centre-back is slowly working his way back from a cruciate ligament injury suffered in September, which brought his 2017/18 season to a premature end.
Having returned to light training at the back end of last term, Conroy now faces a big off-season and his new Gaffer sees plenty of room for improvement.
"I felt for anyone that had genuinely been in the treatment room for a long period of time, and that obviously applies to Dion Conroy," Brown told swindontownfc.co.uk.
"Having witnessed him on the training ground for the last two or three days of last season, I witnessed a player who can certainly handle a ball and he can read the game very well.
"I didn't quite see him defensively, I saw him more in possession sessions, in ball work on the training ground and I saw a technician.
"I witnessed what this player can do but with what I can add to the team as a coach, I believe his defensive mentality will improve and as a young man he has to improve with regards to working within the unit and working with a partnership.
"I haven't actually witnessed Matty Preston on the field of play yet and I have only been able to work with Olly Lancashire for two sixty-minute periods in two games.
"There are three or four players that have been in the treatment room for a long period of time and this pre-season is so vitally important to them and so vitally important to us in terms of our success next year.
"We have to really grab hold of everything now, harness it and really focus everyone's attention on that first game of the season."