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Players back 'buzzing' on first day of pre-season

First team squad back at Brockhall

29 June 2017

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The Blackburn Rovers Senior Training Centre was a hive of activity today, as the players returned for the first proper day of pre-season.

Following a seven-week summer break, the players were back at Brockhall yesterday for fitness tests, with the first full day of training taking place today.

A pre-activation workout in the gym kicked off the session, before the players headed out onto the pristine pitches outside, where the Sky Sports, BBC and ITV cameras were waiting to capture the action, as they were put through their paces.

New signings Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Bradley Dack and Ben Gladwin were all in attendance, as manager Tony Mowbray had a full complement of players to work with on the first day back.

The group also included Corry Evans, who missed the second half of last season with a persistent groin problem, and Charlie Mulgrew, who played in Scotland's World Cup qualifier against England earlier this month.

Kitted out in their bright new yellow Umbro training wear, the wet weather certainly didn't dampen the players' spirits, as they were all evidently excited to get back to business.

"It's great to see them in the building," said the Rovers boss. "Just their interaction, some new faces, it sparks people up.

"Sometimes a new face in the building gets everybody going. Players want to show how good they are really and the new player wants to impress his new team-mates and it just sparks it all up.

"They're all buzzing, because they've all got tans, they're all talking about their holidays, where they've been, they've had football on the TV, watching the Confederations Cup, and it's good to see.

"We're back to work - we've got another 300 days of it - but we're looking forward to it immensely."

The players will spend the next eight days doing double sessions, before getting their summer schedule of friendly fixtures underway at Barrow on Saturday July 8th.

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