“We’ve worked hard for two weeks and [fitness coach] Andy Liddell puts them through their paces physically and we still demand when they do their football drills that they do them at top speed, at top whack.
“So, yes, they’re going to feel tired but we’ve tried to mix in the physical work with rest and hopefully we’ll see by 3rd August a team that’s prepared, ready for a full season.”
Connor was set to speak to manager Mick McCarthy – who returned from Ireland early for a charity event and missed Saturday’s Shelbourne friendly - yesterday regarding trialists Dean Gerken and Dan Seaborne. Gerken has been training with Town for a fortnight, while Seaborne was with the squad in Ireland.
As revealed last week, talks had already begun regarding the former Colchester and Bristol City keeper joining the Blues, while Town are also understood to have started discussions with the ex-Southampton central defender regarding a deal at Portman Road.
The duo and new signing Paul Anderson look set to be involved in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly at Crawley (KO 7.45pm).
What about Berra? Would rather take him instead of Seaborne and add Stearman (I reckon we couldn't take them all because of FFP or something). Gerken, Berra and Stearman and that's our squad done and dusted then. Or just done, dusted will be when Chopra is mopped up.
One thing that was painfully obvious at the start of last season was that the players were lacking in fitness. I think its massively important to have a fully fit squad to hit the ground running early on. Got a really good feeling about this season. We seem to be moulding a fit, strong, organised team,
To be fair they were tweeting saying similar things last year and the fact that when mick came in and within the first two weeks said that on the pro zone stats we were fitter than the other teams I don't think you can say they were unfit, they were basically just awful.
Hyam, limited ability, not Championship material, but fits perfectly into the current management ethos i.e runs till he drops. Pay the entrance fee to watch Hyam or Jet? You'll never get a moments magic to remember with Luke
Stats under MM and TC last season, suggest their playing staff were the fittest in the division.Will be the same this term-look at some of the late goals we scored tail-end of last season and points we saved through sheer determination and hard work.Really enjoying being a Town supporter under this duo.
You can be as fit as Mo Farah but in a team organised by Jewell and Hutchings you have little chance. McCarthy knows what he is doing and whilst the football may not be the same as played under Burley I will take a competent organised side over the dross served up since 2008.
Earl60, what point are you trying to make exactly? I like watching my team win and Hyam's tireless effort is vital for the team. We have plenty of players in this squad now capable of "moments of magic to remember", but without a few Luke Hyams to back them up, they are nothing.
Agree with earl60 or what ever his name is. i do think that JET will flourish in a team that plays football. Sometimes think MM should be a rugby coach cos the way his teams play it looks like they boot the ball upfield to gain territory. Pity the players don't have attitude of rugby players.
Concur with comments that we were not lacking fitness at the start of last season. We were just lacking any sort of permanent team and management. I personally like Hyam - you need players like him in your team. But there is no place for both a Hyam and a N'Daw type player in your two central midfield roles. You do need some flair and creativity as well.
Hegansheroes - you're right. This manager will get us organised, and maybe even promoted. But we won't play football we want to watch. And he can't hack it at PL level. Sad that so many on here are happy for hoof ball in order to get results.... How far we have fallen.. And before anybody says I live in the past- we could have had Holloway- and guess what he's been promoted again!!! Ask Sir Bobby RIP who he would choose??? We made the wrong choice