Earlier this summer Jonson Clarke-Harris found himself in the unusual position of just having signed a new contract yet also being told his Rotherham career was under threat.
When boss Paul Warne handed Clarke-Harris a one-year deal at the end of last season, he did so with some strict conditions.
Warne demanded that the striker, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, had to buck his ideas up, shift some weight and show that he wanted to play for the club.
If his social media updates over the summer are anything to go by, bar a couple of weeks in Mexico, Clarke-Harris has heeded that message, seemingly spending most of his time in the gym.
He also embraced the gruelling schedule in Austria and has looked like he has wanted to be part of what Warne is trying to achieve at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Things have yet to click into place in the pre-season friendlies and Clarke-Harris has been unable to keep up in the goalscoring stakes with new boys Jamie Proctor and David Ball, while he was also highly self-critical of his performance in last week’s win at Alfreton.
Warne, though, is willing to look past his on-field activity for the moment and has praised his striker’s attitude.
“He has had a pretty good pre-season,” Warne said. “The other strikers have scored more but strikers dip in and out of goals.
Bad performance by myself tonight my legs are on complete shutdown this evening but 90min off hardwork in the tank and go again 💪🏽
— jonson clarke-harris (@ClarkeHarris) July 18, 2017
“He has been competitive, he has been buying in to what we are doing, his attitude has been brilliant so I am not knocking anything he is doing.
“Whenever he gets his chance he will try his best to score goals for us. I have been pretty pleased with him.”