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Rhodes Impressed With Pre-Season Training So Far

5 July 2018

Assistant manager Andy Rhodes has been impressed with the players since they returned to pre-season training.

The players reported for testing last Friday before being put through their paces during the past six days.

Rhodes, who joined as Frankie Bunn’s number two last month, commented on how pre-season is going so far.

He said: “Great from our side, the lads have been responsive. They have reacted very well to the things we have presented them with.

“Pre-season is pre-season, it is tough, whoever you are. Frankie and I have put one or two things on for them, which is pushing them and tested them, and we have seen what they’re all about.

“They’ve been terrific, their attitude has been wonderful to it, they have really made an effort. In terms of effort and attitude, it’s been fantastic.

“You need to have the base of fitness to last you through a season. Unfortunately, you’ve got to run around on the football pitch, you can’t stand still.

“If you’re standing still on the football pitch, you’re losing games, So you’ve got to run around an awful lot. And that’s the basis of what were trying to put in.

“The core is, a basic fitness of CV work that’s going to last you 90 minutes through a long, long season. So how you start the season, and how the pre-season goes, is essential.

“We want all the lads to stay fit. We want them to work really hard, and hopefully that’s enough to last us through the whole season.”

There has been a focus on fitness and endurance in the first week of training but Rhodes believes there is a lot to learn about the players during this period.

“We want values and attitude, discipline and pride. They’re the values that we’re remembered from here,” he added.

“It’s easy for us because we care about this club. We know what this club is all about and values, attitude, and pride in this place is massive for us.

“So that starts with the fundamentals. Two things the opposition cannot stop you from doing are running and talking.

“So if you can prepare to run and work very hard, then you’ve got a start, and you ally that to good football, then you’ve got a chance. Hard work and proper values are things we hold very high.”

The first pre-season fixture against Ashton United takes place on Tuesday, July 10.

“That will be the first chance where were shaping the team up,” Rhodes said.

“We will have a look at formations, like what is the best formation for our team to play with the personnel we’ve got.

“So it gives us a chance. It will probably be everybody involved and shuffling around.

“There will probably be some game time for everyone. So it gives us a first look at them really, in an 11 versus 11 match, and various formations I guess.”

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