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8 July 2013

Ellis looks forward to a hectic week

Rovers travelled up to Lincolnshire this morning and after a light lunch spent almost two and a half hours out on the training ground.

Even watching from the sidelines it looked to be a gruelling session as the players were put through their paces by manager John Ward and his staff.

Ellis Harrison, of whom much is expected in the coming campaign, admitted that it was a tough session.

“It was very tough, and we did a great deal of possession work, played a game (ten v ten) which was very hard because although the pitches are very nice there’s a slope on the one we played on, so the first half was tough!

“We also did some doggies which were all uphill. Everyone worked very hard, but all were positive about the work. We are in a different environment and we are here to work and we all know that we will benefit from it.”

The Stoke Rochford Hotel is situated in the Lincolnshire countryside and is a perfect training venue.

The swimming pool and well equipped gym are also available for the players at this former teacher training college.

“It’s a smashing venue and has everything we need and the week away from Bristol will undoubtedly help us prepare for the new season. A change of environment and the fact that we are together 24/7 means that we get to know each other that little bit better and will help us when the game start.”

Nice hotel though it is, the players won’t have too much time to admire the views as they will undertake double training sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and train again on Friday morning before travelling back to Bath for their first preseason friendly.

“The work is gradually getting harder as we look ahead to the games but even though it’s tough, it’s enjoyable and I think that’s down to the manager. He is willing to give everyone a chance. No matter who you are, you know that you will play if you do well for him.

“There’s a good balance in the squad, of youth and experience, and the older lads are always helping us younger ones through and it’s always nice to have an experienced mouth in your ear!

“As the manager keeps reminding us, though, the work we are doing now is to ensure that we are ready for the opening league game of the new season against Exeter on 3rd August.”

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