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Midfielder says players can't wait to get started

27 May 2020

All being well, the players will return to training in accordance with the return to playing protocols on Monday, and midfielder Alan McCormack says the squad can't wait.

The players and staff will undergo the first of their regular tests on Thursday ahead of Monday, and McCormack says they are eager to get going with the potential of the League 2 play offs to come.

"It has been a long nine weeks," he said.

"Usually over the summer you get six or seven weeks off but you always have in your mind a date when you are going back but the hardest part of this suspension as a footballer has been the unknown, not knowing when or how we would be back. There were so many questions, it has been difficult working on our own, not knowing if we were preparing for matches or not. We have been working hard at our fitness, we have had a few days off every two or three weeks just to rest and recover but other than that we have been working hard and preparing as best we can.

"We had a Zoom call last week telling us the plans around returning to training and the excitement is building, the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter and we can't wait to be back.

"For me, I have got used to training on my own. I know I need to do it and I have got to do it and I know, as a professional, it is what I need to do. I know the club expect that of us and I know the Gaffer would not take too kindly to anyone not coming back in good shape. I am sure everyone is in good shape and, while following all the safety measures and protocols, we hope we can be back in to the football pretty quickly and I think we are in good shape to do that.

"We have got a tight group in the dressing room. We always keep in contact with each other. Everyone gets on, we are all together and united and everyone works hard. We have missed being together over the last nine weeks and that has been tough.

"Our motivation to try and win promotion is huge. The motivation jumped ten fold when the news came out that the play offs could well happen. We are all desperate for them to happen, we will be ready and to have that chance of playing for something is huge. Every player is desperate to get back.

"If it is Cheltenham who we play then it will be tough. They are a good side who will feel unfortunate not to go up but we are looking forward to it."

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