The Potters played a lot more of the ball on the ground in their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on opening day on Saturday and Etherington admits it was refreshing to see that style after years of long-ball under Tony Pulis.
"I can't speak highly enough of the training we've had since we came in for pre-season," Etherington said.
"It's been top notch, real top-class training. I think the longer we go on doing what the manager wants and him drumming it into our heads and implementing it every day in training, we will get better.
"We passed the ball well at Anfield, but at times we could have used it better.
"If you're a Stoke City fan you can definitely see improvement in the team in an offensive sense and the fact we want to get the ball down.
"I can only see good things for us this year, definitely."