Robbie Keane is seeking to transfer his Peace Cup form into the Premiership and hit the ground running when the new season begins.
Voted 'Most Valuable Player' of the tournament, Robbie was in fine fettle in South Korea, netting four goals from two starts including a brace in the final against Lyon in Seoul.
The livewire striker reported he worked throughout the close-season with the aim of reaching optimum fitness for the forthcoming campaign where he will once again challenge for a starting spot with the other three strikers in the squad.
"I've come back feeling pretty sharp and I did a bit of work on my own over the summer," he explained. "I feel good and I hope I am showing that in games. It's only pre-season though and the most important thing is to carry it through into the season.
"That's what I want to do, I want to keep going, keep myself fit and do what I did in Korea once the season starts.
"It is not a case of putting down a marker, just making sure I'm as fit as I can be. I'm 25 years of age now and I want to knuckle down - not that I haven't before - as we have quality strikers here who are battling to start the season. I'm no different to the other three lads in that."
Robbie added that the fortnight in the far east sharpened the lads up and they returned with their objectives realised.
"It was a good two weeks and, when you go to places like that, it is important you come back with something. We've come back with good fitness and, what we went over there for, the trophy.
"The top Premiership sides take part in these sort of tournaments now and the opposition was a little bit better than we've normally faced at that stage, so it was good for us and the lads enjoyed it."
Meanwhile, a player who particularly impressed Robbie on the trip was new boy Teemu Tainio, who he is convinced has all the attributes to become a success in English football.
"He is a little terrier, isn't he? He gets stuck in and can play as well. He will do well in the Premiership with the way he plays.
"Teemu is a good lad who I'm sure will do well here if he carries on playing like he did in Korea.
"I'm not too sure which midfield position he prefers, but he's played in most of them already and looked good. It is good to have someone like Teemu in the squad."
It's Reading next in our pre-season programme and Robbie concurs with the thinking of those players questioned in that it will be a tough assignment at the Madjeski Stadium.
"Reading are a good side who were unlucky not to get in the play-offs last year. Steve Coppell is a good manager and we are looking forward to the game.
"We know what it's like when you play a so-called lesser team, they always want to do well against Premiership clubs. I'm sure they will try to do that."