Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson is as excited as ever ahead of the Championship opening game against West Brom on Saturday evening.
The experienced centre half has enjoyed the hard work of pre-season but is now desperate to kick the campaign off when The Baggies visit The City Ground.
He said: “I still get that buzz. As soon as that goes, it’s time to call it a day! This pre-season I came back and have loved every minute of it with the lads.
“We have had a really good pre-season, put in some good work and had some good games and we are ready for it again.
“The first day of pre-season was six weeks ago now. We have always been preparing for that first game and when the fixtures come out, you see it is against West Brom and we haven’t looked past that.
“It is all on this one game, you build up for six weeks and it comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Hopefully, come the end of it you are off to a start and taking three points.
“That is what the manager has said, take it game by game, get the first home win, the first away win and then you go from there.”
Dawson believes that it is vitally important to get off to a good start with a victory in the opening game, but knows that it is a long and gruelling season as The Reds aim to fighting for a spot in the Premier League.
“It is always good to get off to a good start, everyone is saying the same thing.
“To get the first three points on the board, it is a big relief and then you can try and build on that.
“That is our aim, here at The City Ground in front of a sold-out crowd and the Sky Sports cameras, you want to get off to a good start and it breeds confidence.
“There is only one place we all want to be and that is the Premier League. It is the best league in the world but you have to earn the right to get there. That doesn’t come without a lot of hard work, a little bit of luck and one of the most important things is the quality and the togetherness that you build.
“There is no other league in the world that is like the Championship. It shows with the results last year, the team at the bottom can beat the team at the top. It is relentless and you have to keep going through the tough periods.”