Southend United Manager, Phil Brown says his players are starting as they mean to go on as they gear up for a new season in Sky Bet League One.The players reported for the first day of pre-season on Monday 4 July and they were put through their paces with many tests from the Blues’ Sports Science team.
Brown admits the preparations have become more technical since his playing days as his players are all focused on that opening day clash against neighbours Gillingham at Roots Hall on Saturday 6 August.
“There’s a lot more involved in pre-season from when I was playing.” He said.
“If you go crazily in to it like we used to do, you end getting little bumps, bruises and little knocks and consequently in the five/six weeks’ preparation you end up being injured for the start of the season and that’s the last thing a player wants.
“All that is in a player’s mind at this moment in time is to be in that team for the first game of the season, and if that’s not in their mind they’re in the wrong camp.
“I want motivated players that want to get out there and show me what they can do, show me what they have been doing over the last six-eight weeks and be geared and ready for action when it actually comes around.
“The way sports science has intervened in the game, you’re looking at a couple of days of testing where you’re looking at body fat and body constitution.
“There’s all sorts of different kinds of tests – Sprint tests, endurance tests, strength and conditioning tests.
“When the sports science guys let them go, it’s all geared towards getting on the beautiful grass surface out there where we can play a bit of football.
“We intend on bringing the footballs out tomorrow so the players will be looking forward to that.”