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Feel The Heat

Whatmough on the scorching return to pre-season training

30 June 2018

Jack Whatmough in training

Most people in the country are currently basking in the hot and sunny conditions.

Trips to the beach, digging out the barbecue and topping up the tan are all on the agenda, as the nation makes the most of the unreliable British summer.

There are, of course, those who do not enjoy the scorching temperatures – and footballers returning for pre-season training are among them.

Jack Whatmough admits the conditions are not ideal for an intense workout, but knows it is all part of getting ready for the start of the League One campaign.

The centre-back said: “It’s been good to see the boys again, although the hot weather makes the training sessions harder.

“You’d prefer it to be a little bit cooler or even have a bit of rain, but this period sets you up for the season ahead, so it shouldn’t be easy.

“There’s a good battle for places in the squad, so you need to make sure you do well and earn your place in the team.

"You’d prefer it to be a little bit cooler or even have a bit of rain, but this period sets you up for the season ahead."

Jack Whatmough

“We’re looking to hit the ground running and these next few weeks are going to be important as we look to build our fitness.

“There’s been a bit of running – which always happens – but we’ve had the balls out early doors and that’s what you want.

“It’s also good to have a game early on – we played Salisbury last year and this time we’ve got Cork in Ireland.”

Whatmough is happy to be back in action following a few weeks off and is hopeful that the Blues can build on last term.

He said: “It was nice to have some time away, although unfortunately I lost my grandad over the summer, which was difficult.

“You work hard during the season, so it’s important to have some time off with the family, but it’s good to be back now.

“We missed out on the top six by five points last season, so we want to make that gap up and get into the play-offs, if not secure automatic promotion.”

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