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Winder: Tough Work But Players Have Coped Well
Friday, 6th Jul 2018 09:50

New Blues fitness coach Nathan Winder says the squad have come through a demanding first couple of weeks of pre-season training really well. Winder believes pre-season training is vital to being prepared for the physical challenges of the season ahead and the way new boss Paul Hurst wants his team to play.

The squad have spent the week at the Pinatar Arena Football Center, San Pedro del Pinatar, near Murcia in Spain being worked hard by Hurst, his assistant Chris Doig and Winder.

“It’s been really difficult, it’s been tough, they’ve been sore and a bit stiff but we’ve put a lot of work into the lads and they’ve come through it really well,” Winder told iFollow Ipswich.

“They’ve got a little bit of downtime now, they’re going to get their rest in, because that’s just as important, from the work that they’ve been doing over the last two or three days. They’ve coped well and it’s good, looking forward to pushing on again now.”

Winder says pre-season is crucial as a squad prepares for a new campaign: “The most vital part of the season really in terms of preparation physically. It gives a really good, solid base to push us through for the rest of the season.

“It’s important that the lads get through as many of the sessions as they can and that builds the resilience for the rest of the season.”

He added: “How the gaffer [wants to play] and the philosophy that’s going to be put forward is that high press and the physical capabilities to do that are very demanding, especially when you’ve got to do it Saturday-Tuesday or Sunday-Wednesday whenever the games may fall. Throw in the cup games and it’s a big ask. It’s a challenge that we’re looking forward to.”

Barnsley-born Winder, who joined the Blues on the day Hurst was appointed as boss having left Leeds after a short spell with the Whites, played as a defender with Halifax Town, Chesterfield, Hucknall Town, Hinckley United, Alfreton Town and Ilkeston Town.

The 35-year-old was the head of sports science at Oakwell and Elland Road, having previously been the head of academy sports science and medicine with the Tykes after a spell as head of academy athletic development with the South Yorkshire club.

He has a Masters in Sports and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University, having previously studied at Loughborough University.

Previous fitness coach Andy Liddell opted to leave the club this summer with his contract up, despite having been offered new terms by the Blues.

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solemio added 09:55 - Jul 6
Is Mr Winder related to Dickie Bird or Michael Parkinson? Those are the truly important issues.

BlueBlood90 added 10:40 - Jul 6
I didn't know Andy Liddell was offered new terms and rejected it. This guy seems to have a decent CV though so I'm sure the players will be fit and ready in August. I like the sound of how we want to play if it's a high press, counter attacking style with pace and energy.

floridaboy added 13:09 - Jul 6
Freddie Sears looks rather lean!

Monkey_Blue added 13:26 - Jul 6
Sheffield Hallam produces the best graduates.... well that’s my experience 😂

blueandred added 14:04 - Jul 6
Are they the only people you know to have come from Barnsley? Darren Gough is a bit more current. And you can't get much more current than John Stones! There's also me. Hence the red in my username.

dirtydingusmagee added 15:00 - Jul 6
you're in the army now, . Looks like PH is setting out his stall,just hope the lads aren't knackered or crocked when we kick off. Dont want another season with the likes of Huws ,Bishop and Dozzell sidelined.. Looking forward to new season, hope we get off to a good start,and keep the optimism and hopes going . coyb

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