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Clarets Return To Pre-Season Training

4 July 2016

The Burnley players returned to the Barnfield Training Centre this morning for pre-season testing.

The Clarets have enjoyed a seven-week shutdown since celebrating their Sky Bet Championship title success.

And with the Premier League kick off now less than six weeks away, the hard work starts here…

And Head of Sports Science Mark Howard outlines the workload for the players before they depart to France next Monday to step-up their preparations.

He explained: “Hopefully everyone has had a good break and is rested, but pre-season doesn’t really start today.

“Players go away with their own programmes, which is pretty common practice, and in the past three weeks they will have been building back up.

“Today we will start our assessments. The immediate programme is mostly medical and sports-science-based.

“There will be screenings all done indoors and the players will touch base on seven stations, including body compositions, body fats and such like.

“There are some other bits and pieces that we find informative to help with our injury prevention strategy, such as gym work.

“Then, tomorrow, we will start to introduce some outdoor tests and get the footballs out!”

Mark added: “We will collect all the information to check where they are all at and we look to build things up.

“We don’t want to break anyone because it’s important that we have the full squad available to the gaffer and coaches.

“So it’s slowly and surely and we will work the players very hard at times, but you can’t work that way all the time.”

Ben Mee, the Players’ Player of the Year, added: “It’s nice to get back and see the lads after the highs of last year.

“You do reflect on what you have achieved over the summer, but I guess that won’t start until we start playing all the big games.

“It’s a season to really look forward to and exciting for everyone. Now we just can’t wait to get going.”

For a full gallery from today's pre-season testing, click HERE.

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