U's Begin Novel Pre-Season
Mark Kinsella believes the U's have all the necessary attributes for a much more successful campaign this time around, with the U's assistant manager pleased with how the squad has returned to pre-season training.
Kinsella was brought in at the end of September to be Joe Dunne's right hand man upon the latter's managerial appointment, and the duo have put together a unique introduction to their first pre-season in charge.
The U's players were amongst the first Football League teams to return to pre-season training with testing beginning on June 14th, before a week was spent away at a training camp in Dublin.
Dunne's players are now preparing to open the fixtures for their pre-season campaign, beginning with four games on four successive days - something novel that will allow the players to quickly build up minutes.
'We've got those four games in a row in a different format, but they'll all get minutes and we can build them up as we go through pre-season,' he explained to the official website.
'We were the first team back and had a good week away in Ireland. They all had a programme through the summer and passed their fitness tests with flying colours so we've been straight into ball work which disguises the running.'
The U's have three big tests on home soil during the pre-season schedule, with Tottenham, West Ham and Ipswich all providing home opposition to balance against the local non-league fixtures.
With all three expected to bring strong first team squads to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, the fixtures are set to provide the U's with a stern test as they ramp up the level of competitiveness before the opening game at Gillingham.
Kinsella believes, however, that the U's certainly have the ability to match those sides and outlined the management duo's intentions to develop the U's into a slick outfit on the pitch.
He finished: 'They're three big games for us where we can enjoy our football. They'll let you have it but they close down in different ways and they're top players from the highest level.
'We want to be comfortable on the ball with quick minds to move it with tempo and see things develop quicker.
'We've got some technically very good players and they're all back fit, so we have to gel that together and we can head in the right direction.'
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