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Dennis on his Pre-season Progression

15 July 2016

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It's been a vastly different pre-season for Kristian Dennis, who since signing for the Spirietes this summer has been through the increase in training rigours that come from his footballing rise.

The 26-year-old joined the club after scoring freely for Macclesfield Town last season, and admitted his start to life as a Spireite has been different what he's been used to.

"It's nothing like I've experienced before," he said. "I've never been abroad on a pre-season tour. Usually it's been just one session a day at the clubs I've been at before.

"In fact, at Stockport we were part time so we just trained on Tuesday and Thursday nights, so it's totally different from what I've been used to."

Speaking from the club's training base in Hungary, the striker spoke about the new pressures being put upon his body in pre-season.

"It's tough, three sessions a day: morning noon and night, but everyone's enjoying it.

"It's hot, but I think the key time is when you're not training, you're getting plenty of rest in your room and taking plenty of water on board, along with plenty of food.

"Our fridge in our room probably has about 12 bottles of water in it that we go through each day, me and Jon Nolan. We're plenty hydrated."

Dennis joins a stable of strikers that includes Ched Evans, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Rai Simons, and he knows that he'll need to take his chances to earn a regular place in the team.

He explained: "Everyone's pushing each other to be playing. There's good competition for places and that's healthy because you now that if you have a bad game someone's there to take your shirt.

"I've been doing things over the summer to try and match what's here, if not better it, but I'm feeling good."

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