Date: 7th July 2015 at 4:51pm
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With the players starting their first full week back in pre season training on Monday, manager Lee Johnson has said he’s delighted to be back on the training pitch ahead of the new 2015-16 season.

In quotes carried by thestar.co.uk Johnson explained he was obviously pleased to now have his first pre season in charge of us and really make his stamp on the squad.

And that work had already started towards the end of last week with the players returning on Wednesday and it would now continue until the big kick off.

‘The lads have come back and been great. I`ve personally really enjoyed being back on the grass. Some of the young players have gone away in the summer and worked on a few of their deficiencies and they`ve come back and improved. That as a coach gives you a buzz. It`s all positive and we`ve got to make sure that we get it right and hit the ground running, but so far, so good.’

With recruitment also being key at this time of year, especially given the average age of our squad and their experience, Johnson knows that as well as bringing people in to bolster the group, it will also be a case of getting people out on loan to aide their development and see how they get on.

Before those loan decisions are made though he’ll give everybody the chance to impress during pre season first to see if they are now ready to play a part and make an impact this season for us, even as fringe players possibly.

‘It`s pre-season so you see how everyone comes back. The lads have all come back fit and there`s no rush for any of that. I want to have a good look, particularly in games where there`s not much pressure on because sometimes young players can flourish there and you can see things that you couldn`t towards the end of the season when contracts, play-offs, and getting out of relegation were at stake. It`s a different vibe, a different mindset. People have the summer to think about how they`re going to be better as people and as footballers.’

He ended by saying that on the youthful score the summer and pre season always ‘chucks a surprise out’ with at least one youngster really making bounds in their development that wasn’t predicted or expected, so he’s looking forward to seeing who that lucky candidate might be this year.

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