Date: 9th July 2015 at 3:41pm
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With the players now back in full pre season training following their return, manager Paul Sturrock has admitted a few of the players are a bit tubby but overall he’s been pleased with the condition people have turned up in and pleased with the work that has gone on in our first week back properly at it.

In quotes carried by the Western Gazette Sturrock admitted it had been an interesting return to training so far as only six players were retained from our League One relegation year and of the ten newbies only two of them have been with us previously.

But progress is being made.

‘It’s going very well and we’re very pleased with the efforts being put in by the players. It’s been very difficult conditions to train in weather-wise and it’s been hard running so we’re very pleased with the standard of fitness. The players have responded well. There’s a couple who are a bit tubby and we need to sort that out, but that’s natural.’

Pre season is largely all about fitness, sharpness and running – lots of running – and Sturrock said we had got an intense programme laid out for the players because with so many newbies we obviously want to hit the ground running and lift the club and the fans following two years of disappointment.

‘Every pre-season I do nine days of intensive fitness because I genuinely believe it’s the most important part of the season. The backbone of fitness you get will normally keep you injury-free, but after that we’ll be all guns blazing in terms of style.’

With that said though he knows despite the best efforts of everybody there is still going to be a period of inconsistency and bedding in, so fans will have to be patient – especially through August.

‘I believe pre-season goes up until mid-September, meaning the team is really knuckled down by then. I’m going to end up bringing in 16/17 players and they don’t all fit into the jigsaw puzzle immediately; it takes time to get rid of those rough edges. We’re going to have teething problems like any club that have this sort of cleansing of the playing squad.’

Sturrock admits obviously he would be delighted if we can kick off ‘straight away’ in terms of everything being perfect but we have two derbies and Queens Park Rangers to contend with, so it will be interesting.

‘I don’t want the season to come round too quickly because I’ve still got so much to feed to them.’

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