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Manager on feelgood factor

15 July 2014

Pierce and Preston get a chance to impress

Manager Darrell Clarke declared himself pleased with the first day’s work at the University of South Wales training campus, where his squad are spending the week.

“There’s a good team spirit, a good work ethic, and the new boys have fitted in well.

“Obviously we still need to add three or four more players to the squad, but there’s a really good feel about the place.”

Tonight, after a morning training session Darrell and his squad travel up to Cheltenham for their first pre-season friendly (kick off 7.45pm).

“Many of the players will play 60 or 70 minutes. This is a first team game for us and everyone is looking forward to the game after two weeks of hard training.”

The manager has brought youth team goalkeeper Kieran Preston to Wales this week, which represents a great opportunity for the young shot stopper.

“Kieran has done very well in the youth team and we are using this week as a good opportunity to have a closer look at him and see if he can stake a claim to be our number two keeper next season.”

Another player hoping to make an impression is central defender Pierce Mitchell.

“Pierce joined us at the tail end of last season and did very well in some of our development games. He’s shown a bit of potential and is another player I wanted to see in and around the first team squad.”

Pre-season training has been tough so far, and there are no plans to ease up.

“We are mixing things up quite a lot and it’s important to realise that it’s not all about running and stamina work because are getting through a lot of intense ball work as well.

“The main thing is that we get ourselves organised and into shape for the start of the season on 9th August.

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