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Clarets Hit The Ground Running In Ireland

10 July 2017

The Clarets first team squad trained together for the first time in pre-season in idyllic surroundings just outside Dublin.

The team followed in the footsteps of the British and Irish Lions this summer in using the first-rate facilities of one of Ireland’s leading hotels.

Burnley’s growing band of internationals, including new boy Jonathan Walters, joined the smaller group who had returned to training late last week to take to the grass in preparation for Friday’s first friendly against Shamrock Rovers.

And the gaffer was delighted to hit the ground running in new surroundings close to home.

Dyche

Dyche said: “We’d heard good things about this place, because of the number of team who have used the facility down the years, including the Six Nations teams and, recently, the British Lions.

“It’s a slight change because we’d been to Evian for a couple of years, which served us well, and this was just to freshen up the thinking a little and give the players something different.

“It’s a lovely setting for teams, that’s for sure, and really this is the start of pre-season.

“We came in a couple of days last week, just to set the testing levels.

“We know how fit our players have been down the years with us and they know what to expect in pre-season, so the depth of knowledge serves us well.

“Today was about bedding them in and then we will start to build it up from tomorrow and in the coming weeks.

“At this stage, staying injury free is a big thing and we’ve reminded the players of that.

“The demands are there, but we trust this group when they tell us how they are feeling, but equally we do push them to make sure their bodies are strong.”

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