Keiron Cunningham says his squad are training well but knows the real test comes when the season starts for real.
Saints head coach Cunningham had his players back in training since early November.
Among their alternative training sessions were a trip to Cassius Camps in the Lake District and the spell with the military.
“Pre-season is going to plan,” Cunningham told Saints’ website.
“The new players have integrated well into the squad and the leaders are leading and doing their jobs.
“We're training well and now we're looking forward to the start of the season.
“The trip to Cassius was an away day to break things up a little.
“It was a tough day in a beautiful setting. It was part of the world I enjoy coming to and the estate owner George is a good friend of mine.
“We couldn't replicate it back home and enjoyed it. They laid on a real challenge for us and the team building was crucial.”