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6 July 2014

Manager pleased with early progress

NEIL Adams has been impressed with the fitness levels demonstrated by his squad in their first week of full training.

The group have been focussing on aerobic and agility work at St George’s Park over the past five days, and City’s boss is delighted with what he’s seen.

“They look very sharp and in great condition,” he told

“We’ve looked at all the data and the players have come back fitter than they did last year at the same sort of time, so that’s really pleasing.

“You don’t want anybody who isn’t quite ready, so it’s nice to know that they’ve stuck to their programmes over the summer and that they’re looking in very good condition.”

Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban, summer arrivals from Palermo and Bournemouth respectively, have been away with the squad for the first time – yet Adams says they settled in seamlessly.

“They’ve both been getting a bit of stick in training, which is always a good sign!” he laughed.

“When they get a bit of a digging from one or two of their teammates, it shows they’ve been accepted. Both Kyle and Lewis have settled in great and are very much part of the team now.

“It’s a great chance for them to get to know the players, and for the lads to introduce themselves and make them feel welcome, which they’ve done.”

Starting on Tuesday, Adams’ focus on the training pitch will switch ahead of Saturday’s opening pre-season fixture away to Dereham Town.

“We’ll look more at the tactical side of things next week, like the shape of the team,” he added.

“Most of them will get a game at Dereham, there are still some to come back yet, but the games against Dereham and Braintree will be a good opportunity to get some minutes under their belts.”

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