Sean Dyche speaks about plans for pre-season and adding to his squadSean Dyche says his side have come back raring to go for pre-season as they look to mount a serious promotion challenge in 2015/16.
His squad returned to training today for their first full session after yesterday’s pre-season testing with the Sports Science team.
And as the schedule starts to build up from this point forward, the Clarets boss insists he wants to take his side to new levels and kick on even further.
Dyche said: “We’re ready and I think we’ve had a good enough break. The international lads have had a bit more time off, but we’re all happy to be back and working again.
“Yesterday was about going through a few science tests, just checking out their skin folds, where they are weight wise and condition wise.
“Today there has been some work, scientific testing, to make sure their levels are right but it will build from here.
“It will be a quiet weekend for them but now their minds know and their bodies know what the expectation is.
“It’s well-documented how hard our players have worked both last season and the season before that since I’ve been at the club.
“It’s about maintaining that as a minimum but really trying to push that forward and taking them to new levels so we’ll be doing so in pre-season.
“The physical and the mental side of things are massive in football and we’ve been really secure with that and strong in those areas. We want to do that again and pre-season will be a big marker for us in doing
Dyche welcomed new signing Matthew Lowton over the last couple of days and added that work is going on behind the scenes to add to his current crop.
“We think he’s a fine player. He had a big move to Villa and got some games in the Premier League which is great.
“I was really pleased with his desire to come and join us and play regular football. He knows there is no guarantee to that but it’s fair to say with Tripps leaving there is a big opportunity.
He added: “Apart from the super deals if you like and a lot of the free transfers, a lot of the deals happen when the pre-season gets up and running.
“Managers and scouts are getting their heads together and nobody wants to show their hand to early.
“Because what usually happens if that occurs, is that agents of players and the club sometimes go and show the world that this is what we’ve been offered is there any takers.
“No one wants that to happen, you want to know you’re going for a player, you offer a given amount and move the deal through quickly like we did with Matt.
“We’ll see where that lives with a couple of other situations but there are pending situations at the moment.”