POTTERS midfielder Steve Sidwell believes the Club's pre-season tour to Germany will only benefit the players ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.
The first team squad flew out to the World Cup winning nation today for a 12-day training camp in the district of Traunstein.
Mark Hughes' side face a testing three games during their stay as they come up against Bundesliga sides Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Schalke 04 as well as taking on second tier outfit 1860 Munich.
Sidwell is looking forward to the trip and says the players can take a lot on board tactically as well as physically when they come up against their German opposition.
Speaking exclusively to Stoke City Player
, the 31-year-old said: "Going away will certainly help us and you can see why the Club have chosen to go to Germany.
"You know exactly what you're going to get from German sides, they produce some top quality players and they're tactically very well organised and difficult to break down.
"In that respect, we will definitely learn a lot playing against the three teams we're coming up against, we know it will be tricky but we are all looking forward to it very much."
He went on to say: "Going away also gives me and the other new lads a chance to get to know everybody a little better.
"It's a work in progress, but pre-season allows us to do some valuable team bonding."
The summer signing from Fulham has trained with his new team-mates for over a week since returning to pre-season and admits he has been impressed by the quality amongst the Potters ranks.
"The squad here has a tremendous amount of ability that can trouble most teams," he said.
"Stoke have probably been tagged as a long ball team over the years, but since I've come here I've been very impressed with everybody at the Club.
"All the players want to get on the ball, pass it around and really dictate the play.
"We're hopeful of continuing to play attractive football and carry on the remarkable form we finished with last season."