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An important part of pre-season

Rovers head off to Austria to continue their pre-season preparations

10 July 2017

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Tony Mowbray and his Rovers squad jet off to Austria this Monday morning for a week-long training camp.

After ten days training at Brockhall followed by the weekend friendly win over Barrow, the players will now be put through their paces high in the Austrian mountains as they ramp up their pre-season preparations.

This summer's new signings Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Bradley Dack and Ben Gladwin will all get the chance to bond with their new team-mates, whilst trialist Paul Caddis is also part of the 22-man squad that travels.

The week's camp will culminate with a friendly match against Czech side Sparta Prague at The SAK Stadium Nonntal, Salzburg, on Friday afternoon.

Boss Tony Mowbray is looking forward to the trip and hopes to make the most of the time spent with his new-look squad.

"It's an important part of the season," said the manager. "We've got some new signings and they have to get to know the rest of the group. Being together 24 hours a day, it helps them bond.

"I'm sure the weather will be nice, the training will be intense, we finish it with a game and then pre-season will just continue.

"The reason you go away is to bond the players. They don't go home in the early afternoon after training, they stay together, have evening meals, they sit around tables and talk about football and life, and they bond.

"So I think pre-season is an important time and taking them away, out of the country, away from the training ground is important as well."

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