Maxime Colin feels there is a really good vibe around the group as Brentford reach the mid-point of their Training Camp in Divonne-Les-Bains.
The Bees have been working hard in the shadow of Lake Geneva since arriving in France on Saturday evening. Sunday and Monday saw double sessions before an intense Tuesday which started with a 6.45am run up a local mountain and continued with a two-hour training session before an afternoon in the gym.
“We were all up early to go to training at 6.45am,” said Maxime, running through Tuesday’s events. “We arrived and the whole team had to run up the hills which was quite tough. It was good for us though as we were working hard. We came back had breakfast and then went out for a second training session. It was a really tough day. We are all really happy to be together. It is a young team and everyone is working hard. You don’t have anyone who is moaning: everyone is happy to be here and is working hard. All the conditions for working are there. It has been a good day and it will be a good week.”
The French defender enjoyed an impressive second season in English football last campaign, making 40 appearances, and adding four goals from right-back, as The Bees ended the season in the top ten once more. After a much-needed summer break, Maxime said he is ready to go and help his team break through into the Sky Bet Championship’s top six this season.
“I was happy to go on holiday to rest but I am also happy to be back with everyone,” said Maxime. “I am looking forward to working hard and helping the team to be better. I have been here two years and we have been in the top ten twice. Every year we feel like we could be close to the top six so hopefully this year everything will be good for us to finish in the top six.”
The new season won’t be the only thing to arrive in Maxime’s life shortly with his girlfriend due to give birth to their first child in the coming weeks. Maxime recognises that becoming a father will be a big change in his life but feels he has the support network around him to help him do his best as a parent and professional footballer.
“Everyone says that my life will change and I expect my life to change but it will change for the better,” said Maxime. “I am looking forward to it but then it will be a new life so I will need to adapt a little bit. My girlfriend’s family live near to Brentford so they can help us a little bit. My parents also live in France but it is not too far from London so they can help me too. I am excited and looking forward to this new event and I will try to adapt the best I can to adapt to both sides of my life.”