Date: 8th July 2015 at 6:02pm
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Manager Neil Harris has declared that our training camp in Portugal so far has been ‘hugely successful’ for the players as they work back up to the necessary levels ahead of our League One 2015-16 campaign.

Having been out in Portugal for a few days now, Harris was quick to praise the attitude and how the players have conducted themselves whilst away and he couldn’t have been happier with their efforts in what has been a tough schedule so far.

With three sessions a day, beginning at 8am, Harris explained to the official site that he’d also been delighted with how the Academy graduates who were invited on the trip have risen to the challenges of first team life.

‘So far everything has been fantastic. It has been extremely hot, ridiculously so at times, but the boys have got on with things and completely embraced and enjoyed it all. It has been an opportunity for the squad to spend time together, which has been really key.’

The time together obviously aides the spirit and mentality of the group that the gaffer has been speaking about wanting to foster over the last month or so.

‘The physical work they have done has been outstanding. We played a practise match on Tuesday, which was extremely competitive and had a real good tempo to it. After that we also did some more running so the boys have been pushed really hard.’

With our three summer signings also in attendance and getting to know their new colleagues, going back to that ‘time together’ Harris pointed out that it was great for them because it is a real opportunity to get the banter going and get to know your colleagues and start building relationships because for all intents and purposes you are living under one roof.

That as much applies to Jordan Archer, Joe Martin and Tony Craig as it does the youngsters who have travelled with us.

‘These are the perfect weeks for new boys to settle in but also for the younger players to make that step up into the first team group. The young lads are as fit as anything so it’s more about them finding a standing within the group and for them to realise that is where they belong. As a club we are looking to give our younger players an opportunity so to do that we have to make sure they are comfortable around the senior players and vice versa. Three days in the trip has been hugely successful so far.’

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