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Yates: Gradual Build-Up

11 July 2013

Mark Yates believes Cirencester will be a tougher test as the fitness builds.

Robins manager Mark Yates speaking to the local media following the weekend's friendly match v. Cirencester:

"There will be heat but it's better to work in these conditions. We've had a really good session at the racecourse this morning and the lads worked hard as they have done ever day. It's a gradual build-up and if the heat is here again on Saturday, which we hope it is, then it'll be another good workout for us.

"The Evesham gives us a solid base to work from and no more than that. We won't get carried away but it was a good workout and there were lots of positives. Saturday will just be a continuation of our pre-season where we are trying to get as fit as we can and get to know each other as much as we can between now and the game against Burton. Cirencester will be a tougher test I would imagine but we'll be concentrating on game time and looking after these players.

"We've changed our trip to Wales slightly and we won't be having a midweek game like we have done in the past so we have five days where we can have double sessions and put in some really good work. The trip to Wales has helped us over the last few years without a shadow of a doubt. I'm grateful to the board because we could have gone abroad but we don't need too. Glamorgan is perfect and the University facilities are really good. The travel is 1 hour rather than 4, 5 or 6 hours you would get if going abroad so we can get some real work into them before coming back to play Gloucester on the Saturday.

"We'll decide on trialists after Saturday's game. I'm down the line with maybe one or two players and I'm hoping to hear back today. We'll see where we are after that and what we've got left in the pot and how we utilise the money with what we've got. You want the players in as soon as you can because they need to be training but we have a few targets and hopefully something will come off fairly soon.

"I want two more in before we go to Wales and then see where we are on Saturday with game time before having a really good week on the training ground, that's what I would like. Then we'll look to get a few loans in the week after that ready for the start of the new season. We'll probably have 3 to 6 month loans to start with and I don't think we'll have any season long loans at this time but that could change. I'm into a few clubs about a few individuals so we'll see what people come up with over the next couple of weeks."

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