Neil Adams explains what time at St George's means to the team.NORWICH City manager Neil Adams says opening the squad's pre-season warm-up at the FA's prestigious St George's Park is a perfect way to bond the team ahead of the season to come.
With the departure of Robert Snodgrass, the arrival of two new strikers already and more changes on the horizon as the management team spends "hour after hour looking at all positions" - time spent at the FA's National Football Centre will be a crucial opportunity to forge strong team spirit before heading into a busy pre-season schedule.
"It's important that you try to get them away early on. With new signings coming into the squad it gives everybody an opportunity to bond," says Adams.
The players returned from their summer breaks last week for individual fitness assessments and began training in earnest at Colney on Monday. Adams says the club's sports scientists are "delighted" with the condition of the players, who he says have returned as a group sharper and fitter than this time last year. But physical conditioning is just one aspect of the team's preparations.
"You get it here daily and we do double sessions, but you're out there for two hours, in for lunch, another two hours and then you're gone. With St George's Park it's 24/7.
"Quality and talent and attributes are great, but team spirit is just as important. Every successful team that I've been involved with has been a happy team. You don't have to be the best of friends with everyone, but when it comes to it if you have lads that have bonded together then they're willing to go out there and fight for each other."
Four days at St George's Park begins a pre-season schedule that will see the team play two local friendlies before a training camp and games in Italy, and then returning for high-profile fixtures against OGC Nice and Celta Vigo at Carrow Road.
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