Jeff Hendrick is enjoying life under Stephen Kenny's new Republic of Ireland regime, but he admits that it might take some time at adjust to the new manager’s style of play.

Kenny has signalled his intent to adopt a more possession-based approach to the game and while Hendrick is excited by the new direction, he is realistic about just how quickly it will all fully click for the squad.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Nations League opener against Bulgaria, Hendrick was enthusiastic about the new era.

"It’s been brilliant," he said. "The new manager, new staff and new feel was always going to bring a bit on freshness to it, but on the training field we’ve been working on a few new things.

"We can see the ideas that they’re trying to put across to us so then it’s a matter of how long does it take to click because it is going to be different.

"For us as players, we’ve got to absorb as much information as we can and keep working on the training field to get used to it and put it into practice in the games."

Hendrick is eager to get Kenny’s time as manager off to the winning start and while he fancies his side’s chances in Bulgaria, he’s insists that Ireland won’t be looking any further than that game just yet.

"Any game that there’s something on, whether it’s the Nations League or the qualifiers, you want to get points on the board," he said.

"We have to have the belief. You look around our squad and we think we've got good players here.

"We think we can do something special, so once you bring that belief into games.

"The main thing is to get off to a good start. Once we do that, then we can look at possibly winning the group."

Hendrick will hope to take the field with defender Shane Duffy, who will run out in Bulgaria as a a Celtic player after completing a season-long loan move from Brighton.

Hendrick said: "He's excited. He's a Celtic fan, it's a massive club, a massive fan base, it's going to be different for him.

"Playing in England, he's used to English football, but going up there will be great for him.

"I think he's going to be loved. He's a great player and gives everything to the team, and those fans up there, that's what they want to see - and 10 in-a-row would be something special for him."

Follow Bulgaria v Republic of Ireland this Thursday via our live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News app or listen to live commentary on RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

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