Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is expecting big things from Ivan Klasnic this coming season.
The manager says the 31-year-old must knuckle down on Wanderersâ€™ US tour â€“ and is convinced he will benefit from his first pre-season in three years.
Coyle told the Bolton News: â€śWeâ€™ve got no doubts about his ability but I want to make sure Iâ€™ve got him in peak physical condition. I donâ€™t think we have at this club to this point.
â€śBut I know that with a good pre-season behind him, he will be.
â€śPre-season is vital, especially when you see players like Ivan Klasnic who havenâ€™t had it for a few years.
â€śThat platform for training gets you through the season.
â€śYou can achieve it, but itâ€™s very, very difficult when you are out there on your own. Itâ€™s much easier to work within a group.
â€śLast year there was a little bit of upheaval with his club, he was trying to do bits on his own, and Ivan will tell you heâ€™s the kind of player who needs to be cajoled.
â€śThere was a problem with finance at first because his club wanted ÂŁ2million but weâ€™ve managed to do a good bit of business because we got him in for nothing. But it meant he lost that vital five or six weeks of pre-season when he could have been within the group.â€ť