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Clark: We won't have a repeat of last season’s injuries

Manager Lee Clark will be appointing a new Physio, Sports Scientist and Goalkeeping Coach very soon. All three will arrive in time for pre-season training, which starts next week, with all players knowing exactly what they are in for.

21 June 2017

Injuries is also an area that Clark is extremely keen to address, with the Shakers gaffer keen to avoid a re-occurence of last season’s injury nightmare.

"It’s one of the areas that we do have to clean up and take collective responsibility for, and to make sure that it doesn't happen again. Its more imperative with us having a smaller squad, as the injury situation was horrific last season.

There are things put in place and we hope to announce in the next week, a new Physio and a new Sports Scientist coming on board. Both are very experienced and have worked at some very big clubs. They will come in and help us deal with that situation, they will help address the problem.

I've said this before, but players do get kicks, they get ligament injuries and broken bones. You cannot prevent that, its a contact sport. What you can prevent is soft tissue injuries, that means that your training programme, your pre-hab and your rehab can all be improved.

We've got an unbelievable facility in Carrington, we keep going on about it, but it is unbelievable. We have all the resources here in the facility and we have to use them. That’s why pre-season is key to make sure that we don't have a repeat of last season’s injuries.

A new Goalkeeping Coach will also be joining us at the same time. We have them all in place, deals have been struck for these personnel and we can move forward.

The players are back in next week and it will be no surprise to any of them what is going to happen. It will be tough. I want them to be the fittest in the League, and I am reading a lot of quotes from other managers saying the same, we are all being competitive on that edge.

We want to be the best in all departments - fitness and physical, tactical and technical. If you want to be the best team, then the fitter you are, the easier it becomes. We know what we have planned, we have an exciting pre-season programme against clubs from different divisions plus we have a terrific training camp planned.

Everything is in place and we have to deliver during pre-season so that we hit the ground running. We have games that will give us the right blend of games, from the Premier League down to National League, National League North. We are covering all the bases and the lads are going to get tested.

The first two games are huge and both will be massive on the physical demands. That’s the reason that we have put them in so early, because we know that Sunderland and Huddersfield will be very competitive games. It will end up being a really physical test as well, a tactical and technical test, plus it will get the distances into their legs early in the pre-season programme."

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