Ipswich will not be returning to Colchester Garrison, as part of their preparations for the new Championship season.

The Blues players stayed overnight in tents and were put through their paces during an army visit last July.

But boss Roy Keane has ruled out a similar trip this summer – and instead says his priorities will be his players’ fitness and getting a settled side.

Similarly, the Town squad will not be heading off for another warm weather training camp in Portugal.

Keane said: “Last year we did a lot of travelling and pushed the players a lot.

“The focus of our pre-season will be around the training ground.

“We’ve got some good games and are looking at other fixtures.

“They are well spread out but we don’t want to get bogged down by games.

“We had a lot of changes during pre-season last year.

“Our priority this time is getting players fit and getting a settled side, particularly the back four.”

Town, who start pre-season training on Monday, have already confirmed friendlies at Southend on July 9 and against PSV in Eindhoven on July 17.