The leggy, yet stylish, central defender has endured his fitness woes in the past and he admits that he has rarely enjoyed the benefit of the preparation period.
This time around he has been the mainstay of our central defence in the absence of Dean Richards and Ledley King and seems a certainty to start the season at Birmingham on Saturday.
"It's been a pretty good one - I've got through games without any problems," reflected the Stafford-born 22-year-old. "My fitness has been feeling not too bad so you could say it's been a decent pre-season for me.
"It's nice to be the fit one for once, you could probably say. I'm normally the one who is struggling with injuries and not fit and ready to play - missing pre-seasons and that.
"Thankfully, this year I've been able to get through it without too many problems. I've had little things here and there, but nothing to stop me playing in games, which is the main thing."
So is this likely to prove a significant difference once the season is in full swing?
"Hopefully, yes. I'm banking on the groundwork helping my fitness in the long run. They say getting a good pre-season behind you should help you and add stability through the rest of the season - to be fit and strong right to the end."
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Anthony Gardner hopes that completing a full pre-season will stand him in good stead for the forthcoming campaign.