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Charlie Mulgrew's back in pre-season training and says the hard graft will all be worth it once the season starts

12 July 2019

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Charlie Mulgrew joined up with the first team squad last week after a period of extended leave following international action for Scotland and says he's thrilled to be back.

The skipper represented his country against Cyprus and Belgium, with Tony Mowbray granting the 33-year-old some extra time off.

Back to Brockhall, the experienced defender says he's pleased to link back up with the squad, despite being in the middle of a gruelling pre-season schedule.

“It’s great to be back, after a few weeks off you do start to miss it," he admitted to iFollow Rovers.

“It’s been good to have some time off to relax both physically and mentally, but it’s good to be back. It’s hard work, but we’ll be better for it in the long-term.

“I had three-and-a-half weeks off before meeting up with Scotland, having 10 days off after playing two games for my country.

“I must admit, it was a little bit strange having a couple of games after having that amount of time off, but it did break my summer up nicely.

“It’s a very hard but a very important time of the season. Through experience, I know just how a good pre-season can stay with you for the full campaign," he added.

“It keeps the strength in the legs doing double sessions. It’s hard, it’s challenging, but it’s very rewarding once you get through it.

“It all benefits both the individual and the team, so if you can put the hard yards in then you’re a step closer."

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