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Boss pleased with working week

"We have played a lot of football whilst we've been out here, to allow players to work and bed down the principles"

2 July 2019

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Tony Mowbray has been delighted by his squad's start to pre-season training as a week in Austria comes to a close.

Mowbray, his staff and players have been staying in the Oberwart region of the country for the past week, with the team jetting back to the United Kingdom tomorrow morning.

And catching up with the boss, Mowbray admits the week has gone as well as he'd have hoped.

"We know the environment we were coming into having come out here last season," he told iFollow Rovers.

"The complex, the food, the layout of the hotel, it's perfect for us. We're not in the middle of a city where the players can sneak out the back door.

"We're in the middle of nowhere really where we can focus purely on the football.

"The weather has probably been a touch hotter than we would have thought, but it's been like that right across Europe.

"It's gone very well. The players have worked extremely hard and have worked on their fitness over the summer," he added.

"We have played a lot of football whilst we've been out here, to allow players to work and bed down the principles.

"Modern day footballers want to know the fine details and we've been working on that throughout pre-season.

"It's about continuing good habits."

Continuing, the manager also revealed that the work has continued for international pair Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans, who both represented their countries in the summer.

Following international duty for Jayson Leutwiler and Ryan Nyambe, the defensive pair will link back up with the squad later this month, with new signing Stewart Downing joining up on Monday back at Brockhall.

"Back home, Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans have been back working hard at the training ground and Stewart Downing will join us on Monday," Tony added.

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