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Scotland Trip Will Benefit Players States Captain

17 July 2015

Captain Liam Kelly believes the lads will benefit greatly from the trip to Scotland, on and off the pitch.

Stirling University has been the destination for the last week as the lads have lived in each others pockets, bonded and got crucial game time under their belt.

It is something Kelly, who will remain as club captain next season, believes will help the players in the long run. 

Asked how the trip has gone so far, the captain replied: "It's gone very well. It's good training facilities here and it's a big complex. 

"We've been doing strength and conditioning in there and there are plenty of good facilities. There are some nice pitches as well, it's a sunny day and everything is going well.

"We have a few new players come into the team and a few young players that have come in as well so it's a good chance for everyone to get to know each other. 

"You are stuck with each other for 24 hours a day so I'm sure we'll get to know each other very well."

Kelly played 60 minutes on Wednesday night as Latics lost 1-0 to St Mirren, but he took heart from the performance.

"It was a good run around. I thought we played well, especially in the first half. I don't think we deserved to lose the game and I don't think 1-0 was a true reflection of the game," he said.

"Pre-season games are sometimes hard to judge. You can have a good set of results and a poor start or poor run of results and a great start so it's more about fitness and the lads getting to know each other and getting to know each others styles of play."

Latics travel to the Forthbank Stadium tonight to face Stirling Albion and the 25-year-old is looking forward to the game.

"They beat Hearts 2-1 earlier in the week. I think they will be a fit and organised team," he explained. 

"They will be difficult to play against so it will be a good run out for us and hopefully we get ourselves more minutes on the pitch and injury free."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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