Last summer, Wing led the way in hill running, biking, and stamina work on the training pitches, and the young midfielder has taken to this year’s change in approach with the same gusto.

“It’s going really well,” said Wing. “It’s been very tough. It’s been a lot different from last year, but it’s been very enjoyable. 

“We’ve worked just as hard as last year, but we’ve had the balls out quite often and that keeps your mind off the running when you’re actually doing it. 

“There’s been lots of disguised running and I’ve found it very tough. The weather has been stupid as well and has made the work even harder.”

The 24-year-old Wing, Goal of the Season winner last term, is joined by a large number of young faces in a squad where the youngest player only celebrated his 17th birthday last week.

Head coach Jonathan Woodgate knows the pool of talent in the Academy only too well, and given Wing’s progress over the past two years, the former Shildon youngster is a great example of the pathway to senior football.

“It’s good for them to be here, but it’s good for me as well because I’m still learning and I’m trying to prove myself too,” said Wing. 

“Working hard goes a long way. Talent is important but it’s hard work that gets you places.

“It’s experience for us all, but it is very good for the young lads with the new gaffer coming in.”