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Hutton: Players Look Strong

25 June 2014

Ian Hutton talks to ctfc.com about pre-season training and being part of a fresh backroom staff.

The squad is back in pre-season training but the first week has been all about strength and conditioning controlled by fitness coach Ian Hutton.

Ian will be taking on a lot more work with the first team squad this season and three sessions this week are designed to prepare the players for the hard work to come during the 2014-15 pre-season campaign.

Manager Mark Yates has been adding to his squad with more players to come but Hutton told ctfc.com that he was happy with the fitness of the players since their return.

"The lads are back now to do their leg and core work," said Ian.

"I've been preparing them for the rigours of all the running and the season ahead. They have been cracking on with all really well and they all look in great shape. It's early days and there is still plenty to come from them but I'm pleased with what I am seeing."


It won't be just the new signings that are getting used to their surroundings this summer because the backroom staff itself has taken on a new look too.

Ian himself will be taking on a fuller role as fitness coach as will video analyst Craig Cope who spent the season here at Whaddon Road last year whilst still at the University of Worcester. Steve Elliott has been appointed as a player/coach and Shaun North has been brought in as a first team coach.

The fresh looking backroom staff is designed to rejuvenate the club's fortunes on the pitch and Ian admitted that he was excited about the prospect of working in the new setup.

"It's exciting," he said.

"It's always exciting to starter a new season and know that you could have an impact. I'm really looking forward to working with Stevie (Elliott) because I have a lot of respect for him and Shaun (North) too who I met a few weeks ago - he seems like a great guy.

"You just want to get cracking with it now. I think it is a fresh start for us but you could argue every season is a fresh start. We have new players coming in and it gives them a chance to improve themselves. I feel like I have to come in and prove myself every day, like the players, and that's no different for any of us."

You can watch Ian's extended interview on Robins Player by clicking here.

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