Robertson pleased with unity
Dave Robertson was very happy with the first week of pre-season training done by his squad as they built not just fitness but unity as a team.
With five days work this week under the new management team the squad will continue their work this week ahead of the first pre-season game of the campaign on Saturday against Charlestown Athletic.
Reflecting on the players fitness Robertson said he was very happy: “The whole squad came back in really good shape on Monday. On Tuesday then we did the fitness tests and the body composition tests and that we will form the basis of our work from here. The most pleasing thing though was the unity and togetherness all of the squad showed during the week. That’s what the key is when we are putting a new squad together for this year.
“They all showed great enthusiasm, energy and brought great tempo to the sessions. If they can continue to keep that then this year will be very exciting for us. As we develop that is the big thing that I will be looking for. It is key that the squad can gel together and get to understand eachother and eachothers games so that we can play together as a team.”
As well as building fitness and unity in the dressing room Robertson is already working on how he wants the team to play when the season starts in March: “It’s not just about doing the fitness work, that isn’t the way our work is structured. All the conditioning will be done with a ball involved. There is tactical work being done now to enhance the players understanding of what will be required from them within the team. The work done with Sean Flannery this week was excellent and that will be built on. The main focus though is to unite us as a team and to work on the tactical and technical side of things.”
Sean Flannery and Tommy Scanlon have already been added to the club’s medical staff and Robertson is keen to continue to build in that area with the addition of sports scientists also: “That side of things is very important and will be massive for us this year. In terms of managing how we cope with the demands of the season it will have an impact. It will be critical for us to keep players fit and strong. They will need to be well conditioned so we can keep them injury-free and on the pitch playing at a high level. We will give the players all the support they need to be strong for us on the pitch.”
Three trialists were part of the group this week and they will train again with the squad this week before featuring in the game on Saturday: “They did well, the next stage for them will be this week when they will play in a game. After that we will be in a position to decide on them. They all fared well in training and have a realistic chance of staying, I was pleased with their levels. We will see in the game on Saturday what they can do and whether they can fit in with the profile of player we want. We’ll bring 22 players on Saturday so that’s two sets of 11. I will discuss with the medical staff and decide whether the players will get 45 minutes each of 60 minutes and 30. Our focus now is working towards playing and we will see after what outcomes we get.”