CARL Cort is banking on an injury free pre-season to ensure he hits the ground running when Wolves kick off their assault on the Championship next month.
The amiable striker has rarely enjoyed a trouble-free build up to a season in recent years, and this time last year had already picked up a hamstring problem which ruled him out of the first seven games of the campaign.
But this time around he feels work done over the summer, and Glenn Hoddle's meticulous planning, will help make sure he's in tip-top condition come August 6.
"It's very important for me to come through pre-season unscathed," said Cort.
"It gives you a base to start from and missing a week or two of pre-season can leave you playing catch-up which happened to me last year.
"I missed those first seven games and I was pretty slow into the pace of the games when my season actually started.
"But I think the way the staff have approached this year is better.
"We kind of bounced back into it last time which caught a few people off guard and a few players - myself included - picked up injuries.
"I think a lot of players are more relaxed and comfortable this season because there is not so much pressure to do things and we are working towards August.
"You are always going to pick up little-niggles here and there but hopefully-I can get through pre-season without any major problems and that will make a massive difference."
Cort, one of the 36-man squad out in Jerez for this week's training camp, notched his best ever season's tally of 16 goals last year.
But both individually, and collectively, he believes even better times are in store as Wolves' face up to one of the most competitive Championships in years.
"All strikers want to reach the 20-goal mark and I think I can do that," he said.
"And as a team, despite the overall disappointment the way we finished last season was very promising.
"There are some top sides in the division again this time but if we can pick up from where we left off we've definitely got what it takes to be up there."
Wolves meanwhile have announced a fourth fixture change for the season, this time partly at their own request.
After three of their pre-Christmas games were chosen for television coverage, the August Bank Holiday home clash with QPR has now been pushed back to Tuesday, August 30 (7.45pm).
Hoddle was keen to give Wolves an extra day's rest after the Saturday trip to Cardiff, particularly important given QPR will have played on the Friday night that weekend.