Speaking on the Mennie Talks Podcast, Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has given insight into his outstanding approach to training.
38-year-old Defoe has been a professional for more than two decades but he continues to produce for the Gers when called upon.
He reached a remarkable milestone in October, scoring the 300th goal of his club career in a 2-0 Premiership win over Livingston at Ibrox, while it took him just six minutes to get on the scoresheet in the League Cup tie at Falkirk on Sunday.
The veteran believes that a willingness to push himself every day in training has been crucial to all that he has achieved in the game.
“Just be honest with yourself,” he told the Mennie Talks Podcast. “If you’re not fit enough, get fit. No one wants to run. Who wants to run after training when you’re hurting?”
“No-one wants to feel like that, but personally, I crave that feeling, I want to feel like I’ve worked and I’m on my knees thinking if I’ve done this surely I’m going to get something out of it.
“So just wanting to do the extras, every day. Even when you’re playing well, never get too high. Even when I scored the 300th goal, obviously enjoy it, but I went to training the next day thinking ‘what’s next?’ Never waste a training session. Always improve.”
Despite his advancing age, Defore has made a big impact at Rangers since signing on an initial loan deal from Bournemouth in January 2019.
He has had his fair share of injury problems but has still netted 28 goals and notched 10 assists in just 58 appearances, many of which have come as a substitute.
The former Tottenham and Sunderland star is the consummate professional and while he won’t start the big games, he’s set to continue to be a big asset for Steven Gerrard and for the club as a whole, as he looks to pass on his training habits to the young players coming up through the ranks.