First of many updates I hope.
Definitely worth a look. I believe we have some pace in the team for the first time since Dan.
Take a look at the running. Young Kyle has about a 10 metre lead at the halfway stage on those in his group.
I am starting to really look forward to seeing him in preseason. Teams can counter most things but not real pace.
Another observation I have is re the player with the dreds - who I assume to be Tivonge Rushesha?
He always looked like a very young and physically under developed youngster. it looks like he spent the time in rehab from his recent injury in the gym - a noticeable physical step forward - that will be helpful with his undoubted talent - good on you YJB!!
Good to see Ryan Bennet looking fit , a good pre season should make a big difference , expecting a lot from him this year .
Is Jordan garrick also sporting dredds thia year?
Oh OK @JackRaven maybe it is Garrick gone all rasta on us!! I thought that there was a huge change in physique if it was Rushesha.
Maybe Garrick with a bit of extra physicality can also be a good option - the boy has pace - and boy do we need it!
Episode 3 of the preseason training. Nice looking place Pennyhill Park and good to have a taste of the drills they are running through.
Interesting there are a couple of the youngsters in the video and pics, that I dont recognise. Perhaps some of the new u23s are there as well.
Perhaps @jasper_T might know them?
I've not had my magnifying glass out to the photos but I've seen Ben Margetson, Cam Congreve, Scott Butler and Lincoln McFayden involved at least. Big group overall.
VERY interesting times at U18 and U23 levels - seems like an almost total overhaul. Lets hope there are some diamonds in the rough.
no guarantees @Jackareme but for me I will be looking to see how the likes of Congreve, Lloyd, Cotterill and Butler progress through the season.
@jasper_T Thank you, now I know why I recognised one of the group, Margetson's son does look like him. Good to see the big group including u23's going to Pennyhill Park, hopefully a sign of sensible investment returning to the club.
Its good to see the Club signing two strong squads for the u23s and u18s in terms of numbers (22/23 each), and hopefully strong in quality terms as well.
It bodes well for the number of players we can progress through to the first team squad next season or perhaps one or two might progress this season.
I am pleased that 3 of the trialists from the u23 Match v Sheff Utd have signed for us. It was an excellent match, and I thought we played some very good football that day for what was a scratch team.
I am particularly pleased that Azeem Abdulai has signed for us, as he was the stand out player on that day and provided a real 'Leon' type feel in his play to keep the ball moving quickly. I know @Jackareme felt the same about him.
I wonder is there anyway we can get the club to video the matches, so we can get to see both the u23 and u18 players regularly.
Good to see the team working on their speed.
Hopefully it will be a very productive camp for the squad. Jamal seems to be the focus of a lot of the pics.
Adrian Akande and Harry Jones in the latest training gallery. Didn't get to go camping with the rest of the u18s then.
Jasper both Jones and Akande are in the U23 squad not U18s
Also a number of the 23s are involved in the first team camp:
Jones Butler Margetson McFayden Congreve and Akande
Harry Jones and Adrian Akande are both in their u18s year. Joined as first year scholars last season. Congreve is also an u18.
Yes I realise that they are all eligible for the U18s but the OS has listed two full U18 and U23 squads and these three are in the U23 squad, which I believe is a good thing for them
Nice gym and some good shots of the strength conditioning the squad. Good to see Liam Walsh training with the squad.
Back home to Swansea today and another week of home preseason before the first preseason match next Saturday.
Photos of Cam Evans, Scott Butler, and Lincoln McFayden at Pennyhill.
Cam Evans played for Waterford today so it's probably not him.
Think Congreve is in one of the pics
No. 38. He's in at least 6 of the new set.
Cam must have a new squad number then. 38 was his number.