Ndo: Preparation is for entire season
Joseph Ndo hopes the spirit created in the Sligo Rovers camp is maintained in the long-term as he gets set to begin a fourth season with the club.
The former Cameroon international has won honours every year since joining Rovers in 2010 and as the curtain comes up on this new season, he thinks the squad needs to be prepared for the entire campaign and not just the first stages of the coming year.
He said: “Everybody is ready. We are buzzing to begin the matches but I always say it is not the start where you win. It is the entire season. You have to mentally be ready for the full season and not just the first matches. You will not win on what you do at the beginning but on what is done over the entire year.”
The Rovers squad has seen little change in the nucleus with three player coming in and the addition of Gary Stevens to Ian Baraclough’s backroom team.
Ndo wants the bond among his team-mates to form a telling part in the year ahead, and beyond.
“We have a spirit and I think it will continue. I hope it is not just the same for this season, I hope it is the same here in 10 or 20 years because it is very important in any team and we have it here.
“You must respect your team-mate. You must all show the same respect to each other. The most important thing in any team is the bond or you do not have a team.
“Last year we won, but we have won nothing in 2013 and you should say 'Yes I'm going to show again that I can do it'.
"When you taste success once, that does not mean you should be happy. You should not be satisfied at just achieving something and then not wanting to improve on what you can do.
“If you lose that desire, you will not win. You could keep winning games and if you lose one and are sad, the desire is what will come through.
“If you do not have the want to improve in what you are doing, you should stop doing it. It is very important because we have won last year but now we must believe that we can do it again and remember that what we have achieved now is over with. “