HITTING THE WALL
As you will have seen from the gallery, the squad enjoyed a fabulous afternoon in the Austrian forests on a series of team challenges.
The highlight was undoubtedly ‘The Wall’ where ensuring your team mates reached the summit was easy enough, but getting the last man 15-feet up onto the platform proved a little more tricky.
Every credit to Jason Shackell and Kevin Long, who ended up, Spiderman-like, hanging precariously to grab the hands of the final team member before hauling them vertically with the aid of their colleagues.
However, credit also to the players for taking on the last challenge; a 30 foot tree trunk no more than 12 inches wide with climbing pegs in it. Once at the summit, a dinner plate-sized platform was all the lads had to balance on while they manoeuvred themselves into a position to take a big leap of faith.
A great day!
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Media attention here in Austria has been decidedly low-key. But in keeping with the biggest league in world football, a team from the Premier League’s TV arm made the trip from London to catch up with the squad on Friday.
Money no object, a cameraman and reporter duly arrived in time to capture training on Friday and interview Sean Dyche, Michael Duff and Steven Reid for an upcoming edition of Premier League World on Sky Sports.
RAISE A GLASS
More on the initiation night that faces the new members of the squad. Previously, we told you about Steven Reid and Matty Taylor’s contrasting choices of song, and news now reaches us that we have a rocker in the camp.
Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is a big heavy metal / rock fan and treated the lads to a rendition of the Thin Lizzy classic ‘Whisky In The Jar’, while ‘roomie’ Lukas Jutkeiwicz also brought the house down with a rendition of Oasis’s She’s Electric.
At last, some musical taste in the camp!
FLOWERPOT MEN, ANYONE?
The legend that is Dave Burnley is, as you might expect, here for the friendly game taking place on Sunday. Ever the adventurer, lifelong supporter Dave, who proudly boasts not missing a first team game for around 40 years, is five days into his journey and sent us an update this morning.
He spent three days in Bratislava and Slovakia, hitched a ride into Hungary, stopping off at Lake Baloton, then a further two days hitching to the Hungary Slovenian border.
On Saturday morning, he was hitching a ride to Maribor before arriving in time for the kick off against Grossklein on Sunday at 5pm local time.
Hats off again!
Some of you may be aware that we’ve now launched a new club Instagram account. It’s something we’ve been asked about for a while now, so in the build-up to the new season, we’re up and running.
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