Date: 1st July 2014 at 9:47pm
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With the squad returning for pre season training tomorrow, manager Rob Edwards has said that the first three days will involve a lot of ball work, and slowly we’ll look to build up the fitness of the players, rather than hitting them hard from the get go.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the return the gaffer said it was obviously imperative that players returned in a good shape themselves following the holidays, but he intends to ease them in steadily rather than going for the stamina and endurance work that normally occurs.

‘We’ve got three days before a weekend off. It’s going to be three steady days with a lot of ball work, a lot of technical drills and some football specific running – not too long, a max of four minute runs. There will be lots of football but I want them to get through the first three days unscathed.’

Edwards explains that especially as we haven’t got a big squad, keeping the players fit over pre season is of vital importance and he realises that for players, when they have had time off, coming back to training can be stressful, both on the brain and the body, and that’s irrespective of whether you are returning to a club or turning up at a new club with new people, and it can be a dangerous time and lead to avoidable injuries in pre season.

‘I need to keep the boys nice and relaxed. Then we’ll gradually crack it up next week. They’ll have a pattern of two or three days then a recovery day and our games then start the following week.’

As for the summer programmes each player will have been expected to follow, despite taking it easy on them this week when they return, Edwards is no soft touch when it comes to players not sticking to their summer and holiday obligations.

‘It’s important the players come back in good shape and if they’re not, and I see that over the training sessions, then I won’t let them play in the game and we’ll have to use the youth team players. If you’re not up to a certain level of fitness you’re wasting your time.’

Clearly also wasting our new gaffer’s time and that doesn’t sound like it’s something he appreciates.