Jack Stephens believes Southampton’s training camp in France has been a hugely beneficial week already.
Saints are currently away in Évian-les-Bains for their second trip of the summer, with the visit wrapping up on Saturday with a friendly game against Saint-Étienne.
"It’s been a good week so far,” said Stephens, as he reflected on the first few days of work.
"The facilities have been fantastic and that’s a really good foundation for us to get down to some good work and obviously get ready for the new season.
"I think it’s important for us to be together for the whole week, even off the pitch as well.
“It’s important to build relationships with new players and obviously continue building with players who have been here the past year or two, so it’s not just the training, but outside as well.
“But the main thing is the training and we need to work hard and get ourselves ready and prepared for the new season.”