While the majority of Phil Parkinson's squad are busy using the club's pre-season programme as an opportunity to get themselves fit and firing for the campaign ahead, injury-hit defender Luke Oliver is continuing to make progress of his own during these summer months.
Oliver's giant frame has been a welcome presence on the training ground this month after the colossal centre half missed the vast majority of last season due to a snapped Achilles tendon picked up at Burton Albion back in October.
After going through his rehab exercises on the training pitch towards the back end of last season with only Head Physio Matt Barrass for company, Oliver has been able to take part in elements of group work with the rest of Parkinson's squad this pre-season.
With the former Player of the Year still not 100% fit, however, Oliver does remain restricted to doing most of his fitness work in seperate sessions with Barrass.
Oliver isn't expected to feature in Saturday's first friendly of the summer at Guiseley but it is still encouraging progress to see the defender back in the fold.
Despite not being scheduled to make an appearance at Nethermoor at the weekend, Oliver is penciled in to travel with the rest of the squad for their week-long stay in Ireland to continue his recover from his long-standing injury problem.
In other news, City's squad took part in an eleven-a-side behind-closed-doors match at the Coral Windows Stadium this Wednesday morning. The in-house fixture gave Parkinson's men the opportunity to get some form of match practice in ahead of Saturday's first friendly back at Guiseley.