Gaffer happy to have Charlie on board in Ireland
SEAN Dyche insists that Charlie Austin has linked back up with the Clarets in “good spirits” at the start of the club’s pre-season tour to Ireland.
The Clarets boss admitted he was delighted to have Austin in his ranks as the Clarets spend five days in sun-soaked Cork in their build up to the big kick off in just three weeks.
Dyche told Clarets Player: “I think the club have been very honest and open throughout that there is no idea of getting Charlie out of the door. Why would there be?
“Other clubs have come in for him, but the fact is he is here training with us with a smile on his face and looking fit and well, which bodes well for us.
“We will see how the dust settles on that, but he is in good spirits and it’s good for him to be back with the group and with our Burnley shirt on!”
The Clarets were put through their paces on their first full day in Cork, training in searing heat throughout the two sessions and finishing their evening session at 7pm in 29 degree temperatures!
And the Clarets chief admitted he was delighted at the facilities at the spectacular setting of Fota Island Resort, around 20km east of Cork.
Dyche, who invited Development Squad trio Jason Gilchrist, Steven Hewitt and Alex Coleman to join the entire first team squad in Cork, said: “Fota Island is well respected. West Ham United were here last week, so that gives you an idea of what level they are at, but we want to give that professional feel to the group and it’s a great place to be.
“It’s been fantastic so far. We have been really well looked after and the people have been so receptive.
“The big thing though is getting the group together to break the mentality a little. Despite what people might think, pre-season can be a slog if you are in the same environment.
“We know we have a lovely environment and we can really intensify the training. We have the lads 24/7, so we can add things in that normally you wouldn’t have the chance to do.
“We started early on Friday around 10 and then they get a nice rest in the afternoon, before we start again around 4.30pm in the gym and then onto the pitch, so it is hard work.
“It all helps to provide a great environment for the players and every little helps in building that mentality and getting the players ready as you go into the season.”
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