JOSH Windass admits he is in the middle of the toughest pre-season of his career as the Steven Gerrard era gets going.
The Yorkshireman is in Spain for the club’s training camp and believes he will reap the rewards of the hard work – he is targeting 10 extra goals this season. The 2017/18 campaign saw him net 18.
Windass had already met his new boss before though, Gerrard linked up with the 24-year-old on his summer holiday.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV he said: “It is a really tough, it is really hard with the heat but the lads are enjoying working hard and getting fitter.
“This is the toughest one I’ve ever had, it is the toughest first day I had ever had in football. The coaching staff are pushing us every single day to get a lot fitter.
“We are in quite good shape already but the lads are still getting tired in all the runs that we are doing. Hopefully if we keep doing them then we will get better.
“It is more intense, faster and the training sessions, even the supposed lighter sessions are a lot harder than the usual sessions we would do.
“It does still feel a little bit odd that Steven Gerrard is my manager. When he pulls you aside to speak to you then you can get a bit star struck but he is a really nice guy. He said earlier if you have any problems you can go and speak to him.
“I met him for a coffee in Dubai and he said a few things about football and a lot of things that will stay between me and him.
“It was a nice conversation getting to know each other and about what he is looking to do this season.
“He has said bits about how he’s envisaging us playing and I think we are learning that in our training sessions now with Michael (Beale), he is taking a lot of the sessions and coaching a lot of the players into what he wants them to do this season.
“His coaches are really good, he watches training and you can see him watching training a lot and picking up on everything that you do, whether it is negative or positive.
“I obviously have a role in the team and a role that they want me to play so I will try and do that the best I can.
“I would like to score more goals, I got a decent amount last season but I would ideally like to score ten more goals this.
“I want to do the best I can for the team and hope everyone can pull in the right direction to get where we want to be.”
Windass has encountered two of the Gers six summer signings previously in his career. Scott Arfield was at Huddersfield Town when the forward was coming through their youth ranks and while at Accrington Stanley he faced up against centre-half Connor Goldson.
He continued: “I have known Scotty a long time but I only just met the other two new boys this week.
“They are all really good lads and willing to work hard and you can see from the training so far that they have quality so it should be good.
“I did play against Connor when he was at Shrewsbury, he was tough to play against, and he is a big guy, quite quick when he’s on the ball and aggressive. He will be a good addition, as will Nikola and we need good players in that area.
“There is a good feeling in the squad but that can only keep going if we start winning games. Training is training and team spirit can only get better if you keep winning football matches.”