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Tony's Austria pre-season reflections

The boss assesses pre-season so far after touching down from Rovers' week in Austria

2 July 2018

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Back from Austria and back into Brockhall Village, Rovers boss Tony Mowbray feels the week-long trip to eastern Europe was hugely beneficial for his squad.

Situated in the small town of Oberwart in the south-east of the country, Mowbray and his staff ensured the squad were put through their paces for the start of a rigorous pre-season schedule.
But they're now back in East Lancashire and today marked the start of a return to the Senior Training Centre for every member of the squad, including our international quartet.
Skipper Charlie Mulgrew, Corry Evans and Irish duo Derrick Williams and Darragh Lenihan missed out on the Austrian boot camp having played for their countries whilst other members of the squad were on their holidays in the close season.
So with everyone fit and ready to go, how has Tony assessed the beginning of pre-season, and what's he looking for from now on in?
“Austria was a great week for us," the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers. "The weather wasn't as hot as it was here, which was good for the players as it meant they could work really hard without being too concerned about the heat or water, that sort of stuff.
“They worked hard, dug in as a group and everything went really well. The hotel, facilities, the pitches were all very good and the bond was as strong as ever. 
“There was plenty of testing; body fats, jump testing, their levels, but after that they worked hard and we did plenty of running. Hopefully the lads enjoyed it but not too much!"
Rovers are back abroad on Sunday, with a pre-season clash in Edinburgh against Mowbray's old side Hibernian, and he's certain everyone will be ready and available for the game at Easter Road. 
“The last week was good and the international lads have been in this week for tests. We've allowed them to spend some time with their families, with a couple of them still playing football over in South America after the end of the season," Mowbray added.
“They have been coming in and working, which has allowed us to just drop them into training as their fitness levels have allowed them to do that.
“We'll now be focussing on tactics, positional stuff and we have a game on Sunday, so we'll make sure we'll pick our team which is fit to get the job done as it were. By that, I mean being competitive against Hibs."

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