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This is going to be a tough league

20 July 2012

Peter Sweeney on a tough pre-season, a tough competitive squad and a tough season ahead

“Pre-season is going well but the groin has been a bit stiff in recent days, I had treatment on Wednesday but trained fully on Thursday.  It was a bit stiff but more from overuse I think.  There’s nothing for me to worry about and it feels fine today.

I’ve never known a pre-season this wet, it’s been the same over the summer.  I went back to London for a while to see the family and it’s just rained, but we are getting by, it’s chopped up the training ground a little but we are getting through it.

The gaffer has had to vary the pre-season training a little bit because of it, but it good to have a little change of scenery now and then.  It does get a little annoying going to the same place every day so on Thursday we went running up hills at Heaton Park.  He’s managed to mix it up and it was a nice little change and it turned out to be a good session.

I prefer the ball at my feet in pre-season, but to be fair to the gaffer and his staff, it has been a good pre-season.  It’s been tough, but I’d rather kick a ball around that run all week.  The days of coming back over weight and unfit are gone.  Everyone has come back in great shape and you could see straight away that everyone has looked after themselves over the summer.  You’re not expected to come back sloppy.  This is a professional game and everyone has taken that on board.

The new boys have slotted right in.  Sometimes it can be a bit difficult, but we’ve still got a good bunch of lads in the dressing room.  Everyone makes them feel welcome so it’s quite easy to settle in at this club.

We’ve got good strength in depth with the midfield here, and it was only on the wing that he gaffer was looking at and obviously Marcus (Marshall) has come in.  We’ve got plenty of options in the midfield with Dalton McLaughlin coming through, Luke McCarthy and Max Harrop.  There’s a good mix of players and I think the squad is looking good.

They are all fighting to get into the team and I am fighting to keep the shirt.  It’s all good for the team, the more good players we have in the squad then the better it is for Bury Football Club.  If you have the shirt, we all know that we have to perform.

The games start next week and that’s just what we want now.  Its nice to get all the running out of the way, now its match fitness and you can only get that from playing matches, so it’s good to see that we have a few good games coming up.  

It was good to see all the strikers getting amongst the goals at Radcliffe last weekend.  The more goals they get in pre-season the better their confidence going into the season.  Hopefully they can keep doing that and take it into the new season.

For the new season we definitely need to be scoring more goals and conceding less.  Obviously everyone knows that we hit them two bad patches.  If we had taken 4, 5 or even six points from those bad runs, it would have taken us up to that next level.  It’s that thin a gap.  We will be looking at conceding fewer goals.

This is going to be a tough league this year.  Our first month is tough.  You can’t dwell on it, it’s not going to change, we just have to get on with it and prove again that we deserve to be in this league, and I am sure we will.

The squad is young enough to take it to the next level.  We have people that haven’t played 100 league games yet, you look at other squads and people have got championship and premiership appearances.  There is no doubt about it, it is going to be tough but I know for a fact that everyone in this team and at the club will give their best and give it a good go.’

Watch the full video interview with Peter Sweeney on Shakers Player

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