Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth says his squad will feel the benefits of their pre-season regime thanks to a professional approach to their training methods.
The appointments of head of conditioning and fitness Dave Wates, and physio Cian O’Doherty, have boosted the Wanderers’ preparations for the 2014/15 campaign, and after kicking off their schedule at the Bucks New Uni Human Performance Laboratory on Wednesday, Ainsworth says it’s been a positive start:
“The days of blasting the players in pre-season are gone, “ he told Chairboys Player. “We have to prepare them in the right way, especially with the small squad we’ve got, to get them in top condition for the first game and to reduce the risk of injuries throughout the season.
“The players were doing fitness testing at Bucks New Uni and I’d like to thank them for having us. Dave Wates and Cian O’Doherty will be big for us, overseeing the fitness for us, and I want us to get into the second half of the season in a good position, with a fit squad.”
Ainsworth, with the help of assistant Richard Dobson, coach Barry Richardson and volunteers from the fanbase, worked hard over the summer to prepare the training ground for the players’ return, and the boss was pleased with the outcome:
“We all had short holidays but apart from that, the work never stopped over the summer. We were putting goals together, putting nets up, tidying the place up – we wanted the lads to turn up and see that an effort had been made.
“It’s nice when you have a clean, fresh start and I’d like to thank everyone who helped. The little details can make the difference.”
Memories of ‘Survival Saturday’ at Torquay in May remain fresh in the memories of fans, staff and players alike, and Ainsworth believes the experience of last season will spur the squad on to bigger and better things this time around:
“I looked into the eyes of the lads who played at Torquay and it’s built character. We’ll never forget that day and that has to be a building block to make sure we don’t get in that position again.
“It’s a new start, it’s entirely my own squad now and we’re really looking forward to the season. I’ve got some great coaches with me, the club is looking more and more healthy every day, and people should be excited about what we can achieve.”