U's players must return fit

Gazette: U's players must return fit U's players must return fit

Joe Dunne has told his Colchester United players they risk missing out on pre-season if they report back from their summer break out of shape.

The U’s boss believes his side’s summer preparations are crucial to their hopes of enjoying a productive 2014-15 campaign.

Colchester’s players are due to embark on their four-week individual training programmes at the end of this month.

They will report back for training at Florence Park on June 23 and when they return, Dunne wants no passengers in his squad.

Dunne said: “Getting everyone through that summer period is our top priority.

“It’s so important that we get the summer how I want it and we need every player tested and to do their off-season programme.

“We need the data from that.

“Some of the players didn’t quite get their off-season programmes right last year and didn’t hit the ground running at the start.

“We’ve got no time to be hanging around waiting for anybody.

“Anybody who doesn’t come back fit won’t be a part of my squad for the initial part of pre-season.

“And if you’re playing catch-up, it’s going to be hard."

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12:51pm Mon 19 May 14

down the line says...

Heard it all last summer and look what happened, half the squad got injured and most players where playing at 70% fit.
Heard it all last summer and look what happened, half the squad got injured and most players where playing at 70% fit. down the line
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1:06pm Mon 19 May 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I completely agree down the line, they should be professional and not require telling. If it needs to be spelt out every year, it just goes to show they aren't as professional as they should be, which probably explains.an awful lot about some of the performances last season.
I completely agree down the line, they should be professional and not require telling. If it needs to be spelt out every year, it just goes to show they aren't as professional as they should be, which probably explains.an awful lot about some of the performances last season. BlueandWhiteBaz
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7:38pm Mon 19 May 14

super waluigi says...

Positive talking from Joe Dunne. No wonder Baz and down the line disagree!!!

The fixtures for pre season will indicate how serious we take the forth coming season and the pace of the friendlys. No thank you to Spurs or Arsenal.
Positive talking from Joe Dunne. No wonder Baz and down the line disagree!!! The fixtures for pre season will indicate how serious we take the forth coming season and the pace of the friendlys. No thank you to Spurs or Arsenal. super waluigi
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9:03pm Mon 19 May 14

stevedawson says...

They will be fit at that age you are always fit if you play sport at that level.however they will not be match fit.only playing will get them in that shape.
They will be fit at that age you are always fit if you play sport at that level.however they will not be match fit.only playing will get them in that shape. stevedawson
  • Score: 2

9:40pm Mon 19 May 14

crazy comments says...

I've not seen a U's super fit team for the last 3 to 4 seasons.
I've not seen a U's super fit team for the last 3 to 4 seasons. crazy comments
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