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Tony: Austria trip crucial for character building

The boss assesses the trip to Oberwart, discusses what will be involved and the benefits to it

24 June 2018

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Tony Mowbray says the week-long trip to Austria will be a hugely beneficial time for everyone at the club, as pre-season preparations get underway.

The players, the boss and his staff will all jet out to the small town of Oberwart in Austria on Sunday to kick-off pre-season in earnest in Eastern Europe.
And although it will be seven days of high intensity training, working on formations, fitness and tactics, the boss admits it'll be much more than that under his ruling.
“I think there aren’t going to be too many new faces going but it’s important to get the players back together again. They’ve had six or seven weeks off and it’s important to get back in the routine and back to the good habits," Mowbray began.
“It’s important to do it away from the training ground. You’re at your training ground for a long, long time throughout a season, the 10 months. So to have a week away in a different environment, different grass and just to get a different feel, it’s important.
“We’ll be setting the seeds, setting the standards, assess the fitness levels and get to work with them really. It’s always good in the first week to go away.
“We will spend 24 hours a day together. It’s not as if the boys will come in, train, have their lunch and go home. We can train in the evenings if we need to and have meetings about tactics and formations. It’s hugely beneficial."
And the boss explains the camp won't be one of constant running, admitting there will be variety in methods to ensure everyone comes back fit and sharp.
Tony joked: “Unfortunately, as every footballer knows, there’s no secret way of getting fit! 
"It’ll be a nice mix, a nice balance. They come back fit but getting match-fit and getting that match fitness back, running in and out of the cones, falling and getting back up.
“There will be times we do have the ball and get some ball work into us, but there has to be some physical running, to open their lungs, get them all sweating and making them feel like they can’t do anymore.
“It’s a time for character building and putting the work in their legs.
“A good pre-season stands you in good stead for the whole campaign. We will still be looking to finish off your squad and in an ideal world you’ll aim to get all your signings in to get them in to bond and gel with the rest of the squad."

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