Friday, 8 June 2018

Friday, 8 June 2018

Dean Keates Keen to Get Going as Return to Training Nears

As he continues to prepare for his first full season as Saddlers manager, Dean Keates has spoken to the press and revealed that his squad will return to the club's Essington Training Ground on Wednesday, 27th June as the gaffer looks to have his team firing on all cylinders when the season begins.
Dean, who has already added two players to his squad over the summer break as Tranmere striker Andy Cook and Burnley winger Josh Ginnelly agreed terms, is keen to hit the ground running when the players return to action.

Dean admitted that the summer break isn't like the one he used to enjoy as players are now expected to keep themselves in shape and be ready to get going as soon as their feet touch the training ground turf.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dean said; "The players are back on June 27th and I’m looking forward to working with them. I’m glad we’ve got two deals done – they are two I wanted. And hopefully we’ll have got a few more deals done by the time we report back. The players have been away and been working on their individual programmes.

"The close-season is not like it was when I was a player when you got eight weeks off. You would end half a stone overweight and battling the bulge. Now it’s about propping you up and getting back to full speed. For a couple of weeks I told the players to switch off. They needed a physical and mental break. But now they are working to their programs in preparation for coming back in."

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