Beattie - Time To Step The Fitness Up
Manager James Beattie has said he's looking for the team to make another step in their fitness levels when we face Nelson in another pre season friendly tomorrow.
With the first game now behind us following the 5-2 victory over New Mills, and with hard work being done in our Midlands training camp, Beattie explained to the Official Site that it's all about getting the players fit still and keeping them free from injury at this stage, but he is hoping to step things up now again.
Obviously as part of increasing the intensity though with an eye on injuries, the players have to be assessed and watched to make sure they aren't doing too much too quickly.
'The aim of the early games is to get the lads through them, to get minutes under their belts and have a soft tissue injury record like we had last year. I'm not saying that will happen every year but we were proud of that last year and each individual is closely monitored. We look at fatigue levels, looking at them in training and gauging how many sessions they've done and how long they've train for.'
Beattie goes on to say that as well as all that, players have been instructed to air any issues or problems they feel, so they can talk about it, get the medical staff involved and make sure that what can be fixed by a rest is fixed by a rest rather than it becoming something more severe.
'The main thing is that they are all ready and fighting fit for August 9.'
With players still with us who aren't contracted to the club, and obviously hoping to get a deal, the gaffer also says that he feels he now has a very good core from which to build on moving forward and he will take his time on further additions as obviously he does have to limit numbers, so anybody else getting a contract really does have to be a good fit.
'I think we've got the nucleus of a very good team. It's the nucleus of the team that finished last season on really good form but that's gone now and we're getting ready to start a new season. I'm still keen to add a couple of players if possible within the budget I have and then I'll be looking to use the loan market.'