Chesterfield striker Gozie Ugwu did his homework about new boss Martin Allen over the summer.
And the frontman, whose debut season at the Proact was decimated by injuries, hopes his experience of being managed by Allen will match those of his friends in the game.
“I know about him through people he’s worked with, friends of mine,” said the 25-year-old.
“They had nothing but good things to say about him.
“They say he’s a positive guy, if you give him what he wants he’s a good guy to work for, and he makes it clear what he wants.
“He seemed to get the best out of them so I look forward to working with him.”
Allen has tipped Ugwu for big things this season in the National League, where he previously hit 21 goals for Woking before becoming a Spireite.
But the frontman is keen to concentrate on the here and now – pre-season training.
“I’m just focusing on getting ready to perform this season, making sure I can put performances in, staying fit and ready,” he said.
“I’ve been working hard in the summer.
“It’s a hard league and a long season.”
Allen has so far recruited several players who have played a lot of football in the National League.
Like Ugwu, they’ll know what to expect when the new season gets underway in August.
He echoes the manager’s belief that it’s not dissimilar to League Two.
“It’s not too different in terms of physicality, from League Two,” said Ugwu.
“It’s a very physical league, but you’ll be surprised by a lot of teams and players of good quality.
“There are a lot of big teams in there this season. I’m expecting to have a physically demanding season.”