FOOTBALL: Business as usual for Spalding United

Chris Rawlinson
Chris Rawlinson
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Spalding United’s squad will step up their fitness this week before the first pre-season action.

The Tulips reported back for training on Saturday after a two-month break.

Boss Chris Rawlinson said: “We had four or five players missing which is always going to happen at this time of the year due to holidays.

“We met up on Saturday morning so a few lads also had work commitments.

“But the squad came back in good shape and I was really pleased.

“It looked like they had all worked hard on their fitness during the break.

Pre-season is all about getting sharper and fitter. You can only really achieve that by playing games.

Chris Rawlinson

“Danny Durkin was our stand-out performer in terms of fitness work during the first session.

“We’ll have three sessions this week to build a base.

“We did the same last year with our fitness work. One or two lads might miss a day but they can catch up quickly.

“Having kept the majority of the squad together from the play-off final last season, that definitely gives us a bit of an advantage to have a more 
productive pre-season.

“I can see no reason to change anything from what we’ve done in the past.

“It worked well for us last season, although we might try to play a bit more in the final third next season.

“My message to the whole squad was that it’s a case of business as usual.

“We have to integrate the new signings into the way we play as quickly as we can.

“Hopefully we can get off to a good start and it should help having brought back Durkin and Ellis Humble who have previously played here.

“Pre-season is all about getting sharper and fitter. You can only really achieve that by playing games.

“We’ve got seven matches this summer and we’ll only work on a few tactical bits towards the end of pre-season training.”

The first friendly will be away to Winterton Rangers on Wednesday next week.