Eastleigh forward Scott Quigley is a seasoned pro when it comes to dealing with pre-season and knows how to make sure he hits the ground running.

The 31-year-old joined the rest of his teammates for pre-season training on Thursday (June 27), and has been putting in the hard graft ahead of the 2024/25 National League campaign.

“I did a little bit of work in the off-season and tried to keep as fit as I can and I feel good. It’s my 14th pre-season so I’m just ticking them off now but I feel great!

“It doesn’t get any easier so this one has been as hard as my first one – they’re all the same!”

After the departure and arrivals that have taken place during the summer, Quigley believes that everyone is pulling in the same direction and the squad cohesion is already very positive.

“I’m surprised how everyone has got on so well after just one week. I think it helps as everyone has the same goal, we want to get Eastleigh out of this league so that’s obviously the main goal. We’re all looking forward to where we can go as a group.”

With pre-season being notoriously gruelling due to its infamous amount of high intensity interval training, it’s no surprise that the players look forward to getting the balls out and playing matches.

“We all love matches, it’s why we play football. Our first pre-season game is Wimborne Town and I think everyone can’t wait to get going. Whilst doing pre-season training and getting fit altogether as a team is great, we just want to get out there and get the balls out as fast as we can.

“It’s always good to get playing as fast as you can and get as many minutes under your belt in pre-season as you can. Hopefully, we can get a few wins and have a positive start going into the season.”

The Spitfires will travel to Wimborne Town on Saturday 13 July for the first of six pre-season fixtures before the 2024/25 National League campaign commences.