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Irvine Pleased With First Day Back

Irvine Pleased With First Day Back

New head coach Alan Irvine has declared himself pleased with the first day of training following the squad's return, and he's already told the players what he expects from them.

Speaking to wba.co.uk ahead of today's sessions, the 55 year old said he felt everybody had returned in good condition and he was pleased with the spirit in the camp and how the first days work and welcomes went.

'I'm really pleased. The players have looked after themselves in the close season and reported back in good condition. We had the balls out in both the morning and afternoon sessions and the players trained really well, with a good tempo and a lot of quality. It's been a good start and I'm looking forward to the players continuing at that level.'

With new signings Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott and Chris Baird joining up for the first time, it wasn't however the full squad as we did have three absentees for varying reasons.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster was obviously absent as he's been given an extended break following his time in Brazil with England at the World Cup, and he'll return when we are in our Sacramento training camp in America.

The other two players missing were James Morrison and Chris Brunt, with knee and groin injuries respectively, and they have also been given an extended break owing to minor surgery they have had this summer.

'James and Chris have had small operations. James could be training with us properly before we go on our pre season tour of America. We definitely expect him to be in full training in America. Chris' recovery will take slightly longer but we're hopeful he will be available for the Nottingham Forest game and back in good time for the start of the season.'

As for the plan for the remainder of the week, Irvine says it's simply about getting the players ready for a good 45 minutes in the behind closed doors friendly against Bury at the training ground on Saturday, so as we head into the new week he's hoping the players will be roughly where they were fitness wise when they ended the campaign, and then proper tactical work will begin.

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Writer:Baggy Boy
Date:Tuesday July 8 2014
Time: 2:49PM

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