Mark Reynolds reckons Aberdeen’s strength in depth means they will be strong in the second half of the season.
In the last couple of seasons, the Dons have struggled towards the tail-end of the campaign due to a long season taking its toll on the fitness of a relatively small playing squad.
In the last two seasons, Aberdeen have recorded only two wins and a draw from their 10 games after the Premiership split.
However, Reynolds is adamant that will not be the case this term.
The Reds have already played 30 games this season and had their first competitive match of the season against Fola Esch in Europa League qualifying on June 30.
He reckons the signing of players like Jayden Stockley, Anthony O’Connor and Wes Burns by manager Derek McInnes in last summer’s transfer window have added strength as well as depth to the playing squad at Pittodrie.
Reynolds thinks that the extra quality available will allow boss McInnes to rotate and rest his players – thus allowing Aberdeen to continue firing on all cylinders for the remainder of the season.
“We’ve got a strong squad this year which means we can chop and change things,” he said.
“We have not had that in previous seasons and with the number of games we’ve had, especially in December, that could be important.
“The last couple of years there have been question marks about us in the last month of the season because we’ve been starting so early.
“This season we’ve got such a strong squad with lots of quality players able to come into the team which hasn’t always been the case in the past.”
The Scottish Premiership is currently in its winter break.
Aberdeen’s players have been granted this week off before the Dons fly out to Dubai on Tuesday for a warm-weather training camp.
They will also play FC Bunyodkor, of Uzbekistan, in a friendly during their trip.
The Reds are not back in domestic action until January 21 when they host Stranraer in the Scottish Cup fourth round.
Reynolds also believes that the winter break will improve Aberdeen’s chances of avoiding a late season fade.
He added: “It is good to be able to get that recovery time.
“It should stop us being tired later in the season as well.
“It has always been tough at the end of seasons and we have possibly run out of gas because of playing too many games.
“It will help us having a full shutdown and then getting back to work and it will be interesting to see at the end of the season what the effect that the winter break has.”
The trip to Dubai has been billed as a leisure break in some quarters but Reynolds insisted it will be anything but.
The defender said: “It’s always nice to get away and get a break just to concentrate on training.
“Some people are billing it as a holiday but we’ve had a week off before it so there will be a lot of hard work.
“It gives the manager a chance to get away with us and get some more stuff done and try to evolve the team as he’s done since he’s been at the club.”
Aberdeen will head to Dubai in fine fettle having won their three league matches prior to the shutdown.
Victories over Motherwell (3-1), Hamilton (2-1) and Hearts (1-0) leave them third in the Premiership table just two points behind second-placed Rangers having played a game less.
Reynolds revealed that the Dons wanted to go into the break on the back of good results and performances so that they didn’t have to spend their time off reflecting on disappointing results.
“December has always been an important month in any season and it was even more so this time with the winter break after it,” the 29-year-old said.
“We wanted to go into the break in a good place in the league because you don’t want to be sitting for three weeks with no games looking at the table, sitting where you don’t want to be.
“It has been tight and it was all about going into the break in a comfortable position in the league and we have managed to do that.”