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Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood praises the fitness of his players

Manager Lewis Thorogood believes his Spalding United players are in tip-top shape ahead of the new Northern Premier League campaign.

The Tulips have been back in pre-season training since the start of this month and Thorogood admitted there is a real feel-good factor around the Spalding camp.

He wants his players to be among the fittest in the South East Division this season and has been hugely impressed with their sessions so far.

Lewis Thorogood. (39338798)
Lewis Thorogood. (39338798)

Thorogood said: “The boys are looking good and there is a real feel-good factor around the place.

“They have all come back, along with the new lads, in great condition.

“It’s the fittest that I have seen the players since I’ve been at the club. The fitness levels are tremendous as is the work ethic and togetherness of the lads.

“Everyone is working so hard and they are pleased to be back. They’re now champing at the bit to start playing again.”

The Tulips have also bolstered their backroom team in recent weeks with an assistant sports therapist set to support head of medical Jordan Bates.

Two match analysts and a sports scientist are also expected to link up with the Tulips as part of their university degrees next month to give further backing to Thorogood and his management team of Graham Almond and Neal Spafford.

The Spalding manager added: “We are laying out the foundations because I think it is important for people to know that we’re here to do a job properly.

“We really want to progress this season.

“We’ve bolstered the backroom staff to ensure we’re meeting the requirements of the COVID situation and we’re hoping to have a sports scientist come on board with us for the start of next month.

“They are all third year university students so have got the bulk of their qualifications in place.

“It will help them finalise their degrees and it will help me because I am a big man for data.

“We have got a lot of lads in this season who have been with Football League clubs and they are receptive to that sort of data because it’s what they are used to.

“It helps me pinpoint and target, not only individuals, but also the game because my mandate is that I want us to be one of the fittest sides in the league.

“If we can be like that then we stand a very good chance of doing alright.”

Spalding start their pre-season friendlies on Saturday with a behind-closed-doors clash with Southern League Premier Division side Peterborough Sports.

The Northern Premier League campaign is set to start on Saturday, September 19, with the Tulips lining up alongside the same clubs as last season in the South East Division after the constitution was ratified by the Football Association.

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