The Dons players have been putting in the hard yards
away from the hustle and bustle of the city under the watchful eye of manager Derek McInnes and his coaching staff.
The Parkhead men face Sarajevo in the first round in less than a fortnight and the experienced campaigner is convinced the hard yards
in the Austrian hills will help the side get back to the group stages.
"He does all the hard yards
and really leads from the front.
"Experience counts, but they have to do the hard yards
to stay fit for 45-50 days and be at their best and playing in hot conditions.
Former Pakistan Test pacer, Mohammad Asif is currently on his comeback trail, as he continues to do the hard yards
in domestic cricket.
They stopped doing the hard yards
and everything else they were doing earlier on in the game.
"I have been putting in the hard yards
in order to come in reckoning for World Cup," he said.
He'll have his hands full to nullify Pogba's huge presence, but will put in the hard yards
to try and shut the French World Cup winner down.
They have the chance to put their feet up for a short period - with commitments over the summer with the World Cup it's been a long slog for some - but then they need to get back to Finch Farm and put in the hard yards
to get the buzz back.
"Now the hard yards
start, which is season by season, delivering organic growth.
"And for this, because it was a short week for us, we need the energy from the stands again so the players can make the hard yards
- and there will be a lot of hard yards."
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Injury to Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes has created a vacancy for a destructive ball-carrier to eat up the hard yards
McCormack still has a little way to go before he is as physically fit as Bruce would like, but he has been putting in the hard yards
in the last two weeks.