It has been two months since their last match, so MK Dons were put through their paces on Tuesday as they returned to work for pre-season training.
The team, who finished 10th in League 1 last season, were subjected to plenty of fitness drills at their Woughton on the Green training base.
Noticeably though, there weren’t any players left on the sidelines - though Brendan Galloway, who has been strongly linked with a move to Everton, was missing.
“We’re back, we’re fresh and looking forward to starting a new year,” said Dons boss Karl Robinson.
“It’s nice to see Simon Crampton (MK Dons’ physio) walking around without anyone in the treatment room.
“Darren Potter isn’t 100 per cent yet, but we knew he wouldn’t be (after his Achilles operation). He’s in training still. He might miss the first game in Ireland but he’ll be ready after that.
“Ben Reeves is back, Lee Hodson, Dean Bowditch, Antony Kay - it’s great to have everyone back.”
And there were three new faces among the ranks too - Danny Green, Kyle McFadzean and Tom Hitchcock.
“They have been important new faces too. Green had a wonderful impact when he was here last year, Kyle is one of the best defenders in the league, so he will give us tremendous strength, stability and organisational skills.”
Speculation of the fee for McFadzean had reached £400,000, but Robinson rubbished those rumours.
“It’s not even half of that!” he said. “But for us, it’s a substantial amount of money. It’s the most I’ve spent, but it’s not what has been reported.”