Flitcroft pleased with Shakers start to pre-season
In an exclusive interview with ShakersPlayer HD, minutes after the first pre-season training session, Shakers manager David Flitcroft expressed his delight at the standard of fitness with which his players have returned to Carrington.
“A lot of planning goes into the sessions but the first one is out of the way. We didn’t know what the numbers were going to be beforehand, I’ve done the first session with 24 players in the past, with 20 players and, on Monday, we had 16 players doing it because there is a bit of a carry over with the injuries from the end of last season.” Said Flitcroft.
“You want all the detail right and we made a slight tweak to it from last season and we had the results from last season. It gives us a real barometer to see the work the lads have done over the summer and that gives me an indication of how to plan the first week depending on how the lads have come back.
Thankfully, they have come back in fantastic nick, plus we’ve added some younger signings to that as well and when I spoke to them it was a case of them coming in really hungry and to fight for a place in the starting line-up.”
When asked about the players carrying injuries from last season, the Gaffer spoke on each player and gave all four the thumbs up to continue and step up their training sessions ahead of next week’s trip to Portugal.
“George Miller has trained right throughout the summer and has come back in good shape. We will be stepping his programme up now. He is on that plane and he will be able to do football fitness work in Portugal.
“Nathan Cameron is on course to be working on his football fitness in Portugal and he will also be on the plane. Leon Clarke will also be fine, his was an injury that just took time. There are times when you can speed things like this up but the good thing about finishing the season is that you don’t have the games and you are not trying to rush for the next game, there’s no problems of a re-occurrence. That time he has had off has given us the opportunity to really take our time with Leon’s injury.
“Danny Mayor has also had a slight injury and I’d probably say that he’s spent too much time in Carrington over the summer. He’s gone from playing ten to fifteen games a season to training every day and playing the majority of the games. He is one of the top performers in training. He’s had that time out and mentally and physically it has done him good”
There was a good spirit and mood around Carrington on Monday morning as the squad returned to the training ground to meet the new faces and one or two old faces and the gaffer was delighted with how the squad have taken in the crop of new players that arrived over the summer.
“It’s been great to see the new lads come in and to spend some time with them. We’ve got them in quite early this year, we’ve had the time to get their body fats done and to get some breakfast in.
“The first hour and a half was just them getting to know each other and having some social chats. Then we got into the work at 11 o’clock which, if I am being honest, is what we are all about.
“We all enjoy planning this day and the pre-season. We’ve been planning it for four to six weeks now and it’s all come together on the first day. All players speak the same language and we certainly speak it at Carrington.
“It’s hard work and we’ve had a tough day on the training ground and they have all committed fantastically well and I am delighted with the first day’s progress.”
You can watch the full video interview with the gaffer on ShakersPlayer HD and we’ve also inserted a teaser from the video below available on YouTube free of charge.
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