The Pools boss is back to share his thoughts on Day Two at the Army Camp as the players complete a daunting assault course.
This morning the lads took on an assault course over at Marne Barracks and I have to say that it was every bit as entertaining to watch as the sessions they did yesterday! It was really, really tough to be fair when you looked at some of the obstacles – they had to be brave, work as a team and drag each other round.
When they first came and looked at the assault course I think a few of them were frightened to death- in truth, so were the staff because we didn’t realise how high some of the obstacles would be! On Monday Rakish Bingham was panicking on a 6ft wall but today he has walked across 18ft beams – it’s incredible the character and togetherness they have all shown.
We could have stayed at home and done bits and bobs on the training ground in Durham but here we’re working with ultra-fit PTIs who are providing a different voice and putting them through their paces in a different way. They will learn things about themselves and gel as a squad the way we want them to.
One player in particular I am really pleased for is Michael Woods. It’s only just over four months now since that horrific injury he suffered but it just shows how much Buster has done for him and how much work he’s done himself that he’s back training with us already.
He’s not really supposed to be jumping and leaping about but he’s done that today. Buster was going mad at him but that’s the kind of enthusiasm we’ve come to expect from Michael – he’s giving himself a great chance to be fit for the first game of the season now.
I’m writing this Blog just after lunch and later on this afternoon the players are due to take part in a swimming session. I don’t know much about it but I am guessing it will be hard – just based on the fact everything else they have done while they have been here has been!
If there are any players thinking they’re just going for a little soak and a swim then I think they could be in for a surprise because I am pretty sure it’s going to be another very testing session for them all.
By the time we’re done here I think the fitness levels will be brilliant. We’ll have an 11 v 11 on Thursday and then work on Friday to get ready for the games we have starting next week. They’ll all get some time on the pitch and we’ll have a look at a few different formations so I am looking forward to it and so are the players.
That’s all for today.
Never Say Die.