The ex-Corby Town player, who celebrates his 29th birthday this Friday, has been training regularly in the gym since the title-winning season ended in a bid to improve his fitness before the players return for a 'M.O.T day' later next month.
He was speaking after signing a Football League contract with us last week.
Matt Rhead is speaking to our Head of Media & Communications Mark Stevenson
"I've been in the gym the past few weeks, just to make sure I'm prepared for when the season starts," said Rhead. "There's nothing worse than turning up for pre-season and you're not fully prepared. I just want to make sure I give it my best shot for next season.
"I do loads of cardio, it's not good, but it gets me out of the house," he quipped.