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TIERNEY ON PRE-SEASON

17 July 2012

Canaries.co.uk caught up with Marc Tierney in Austria

NORWICH City defender Marc Tierney has revealed that he is back to full fitness ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

The whole squad are currently being put to the test on a pre-season training camp in Austria by Manager Chris Hughton, but Tierney is enjoying every minute of it after missing the end of the last campaign with a groin injury.

He told Canaries Player: "It has been fantastic. The lads are all working really hard.

"We're doing three or four sessions a day, and we worked hard the week prior to this as well.

"We're concentrating, we're all guns blazing, we've got the two new lads in and it's all going really well.

"I'm 100% fit now so I can't wait. I did a bit of work with Neal Reynolds over the summer and the other physios so I really can't wait for the first game, and to put my hand up and say I'm ready for first team action again.

"I tore my abductor, but it's fine now and I've been raring to go for a while.

"I'm just enjoying getting back into training with the lads and it feels brilliant."

It's not just Tierney that is eager to get back into action and impress the new Manager however, as the whole squad have been putting every effort in during the sessions in the Austrian countryside.

The training camp will conclude with a friendly against German side Hertha Berlin on Saturday, July 21, and Tierney revealed there is togetherness in the team ahead of the first pre-season clash.

He added: "The mood is fantastic. Once the lads get together we get a few jokes going and the camaraderie comes out.

"We've done bike rides at half six in the morning. Usually that can get on a few lads nerves, but everyone is taking it in their stride and everyone knows we have to get fit.

"Normally there would be a few grumbles, but it's a big season ahead, and everyone is getting on with it, jumping in the ice baths, then back downstairs for a run - it's about getting fit and we know that.

"We're here to learn off the new Manager and his staff and that's what we're doing.

"The pitches are in good condition so we can really pass the ball around on it. It's all going according to plan and everyone is working on getting fit for that first game.

"I enjoyed playing every one of the 17 games I played last season and I want to pick up where I left off this season hopefully."

On new Manager Hughton, Tierney added: "He has kept that flow going with passing football and he is really bright and enthusiastic.

"He comes across really well to the lads, tells us what he expects from us and the lads are doing their best to impress him.

"That's what this week is generally about. We've got a big squad and everyone wants to impress the new manager.


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