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Austria bound!

4 July 2016

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Rovers players and staff this morning jetted off to Austria for a week-long training camp.

The squad will stay at a specialist sports complex, doing double sessions throughout the week, culminating in the first friendly of the summer against Austrian Bundesliga side SV Ried.

The game will take place on Saturday July 9th at the Keine Sorgen Arena in Ried im Innkreis, kick-off 6pm local time.

Manager Owen Coyle has taken 26 players on the trip, including former Manchester United and Sunderland defender Wes Brown, who will continue to train with the club throughout pre-season.

The new Rovers boss will also run the rule over several of the club's most promising young players, with winger Connor Mahoney, striker Lewis Mansell, full-backs Ryan Nyambe and Jack Doyle, defender Scott Wharton, midfielder Lewis Hardcastle and goalkeeper Andy Fisher all travelling.

New signings Anthony Stokes, Danny Graham, Liam Feeney, Stephen Hendrie and Jack Byrne are all part of the travelling party, however Irish duo Shane Duffy and Corry Evans won't be in Austria, as they have been given extra time off following their involvement at Euro 2016. 

Following a week at Brockhall, the manager believes the training camp will provide the players with the ideal opportunity to step up their football and fitness levels, as well as develop a strong team spirit.

“When you do the pre-season, whether it be at home or whether it be abroad, it’s important that each day you’re continuing to get physically stronger, you’re continuing to understand the demands mentally of what it is to be a professional player at a very high level and equally then we start to get the ball moving a bit more, culminating in a game," said Coyle.

“We just look to build up the fitness levels - that’s what pre-season is designed for. Once we come into the games, we start trying to get the players the necessary game time they'll need for the season starting proper. 

“Austria is a great opportunity to get the group together for that week, probably living out of each other’s pockets, if truth be told. 

“They get to know the new players in terms of their personalities and we continue to build and foster that team spirit and look to get that bond.”

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