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Johnson: "We Are Working Our Socks Off"

23 June 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson is now refreshed and ready to tackle League One as he prepares his side for the new season.

With the League One fixtures and the Capital One Cup tie with Middlesbrough announced last week, the manager can now start to plan Latics' assault up the League One table.

Johnson, who returned from a holiday to Dubai last week, believes Oldham Athletic are in a strong position ahead of the new season.

He said: "You can trust that we are working our socks off to make sure we are in the right position to swoop when we do. From my experience last year, we got everything sorted early and just after that, there were players that became available when they were deemed unavailable a couple of weeks earlier. 

"We have plates spinning and a lot going on but imminently there will not be anything in the next couple of days unless something comes out the woodwork. We are speaking to clubs about potential loans but we want them on a long-term basis and not short-term. Last year we thought we had a good player for the year and at the last minute it was pulled away from us so I have to learn that lesson."

With the players back in pre-season training later this week, the gaffer has been keeping a keen eye on the fitness of his players over the summer break.

"I've been in contact with most of them throughout the summer to just check up on them," added Johnson. "Clarke-Harris has had a personal trainer which is good for him because he needs something like that. A lot of lads are good professionals and will stay fit. We have a good group now and I don't think many of them will come back porkie."

Johnson finished by previewing the division and he believes that there will be no easy games next season. 

"All the games in League One are tough. You can't write any off because you've always got a chance but, by the same token, you can't guarantee any points. It's going to be a tough game but one we will be really up for," said the gaffer.

"In my first ten games of being a manager here we played Bury and that atmosphere was fantastic. Hopefully the atmosphere will be similar or even better because I hear Rochdale is a better derby than the Bury one so already the buzz is there for the players."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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