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Cobblers boss says players have followed summer programmes

8 July 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle is looking forward to a tough week at the club's Spanish training camp.

The squad will be based at the Pinatar Arena until Saturday, and as he spoke on Monday morning, Curle said he was looking forward to a busy and intense week.

"I came here earlier in the summer to have a look around and I know the facilities here are excellent," he said.

"The gym, training pitches and hotel are all first class, and there is a top quality main pitch where the games are played too.

"The squad have reported back in good condition and have stuck to the off season plans. When they went away for the summer or when they signed they were told it would be a tough pre-season but they are physically and mentally in good condition and ready to accept the challenges that lie ahead.

"We have a lot of new players and this week is about working hard, forming the bonds and forming the trust and togetherness that we need. The players will get an understanding of what we as staff are all about and what the club is all about. Not all clubs get to go on trips like this and we are really grateful that we are able to.

"We have got some good characters in the changing room who mix well and the bonds between the new and the old, the young and the experienced are important to any team. The players will spend a lot of time together this week, both on and off the pitch.

"We will play a behind closed doors training game on Tuesday against the Bournemouth under 23 side. The game will be three lots of 30 minutes and then we play Coventry City on Friday. Tuesday is really just an informal training game to give the players the chance to acclimatise and then Friday will be a good game and a tough test for us.

"There are some supporters out here with us, we are looking forward to having them with us watching training on Thursday and then at the game on Friday."

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