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O’s head of sports science Lee Southernwood, believes the later start to pre-season than normal will be important for recovery as Orient look to rise again for the 2014-15 season. Pre-season begins tomorrow (Tuesday July 8).
“Normally the break is about eight weeks for clubs but ours this year has been about six. After a long, hard season where most of the players played the majority of most games, we decided that recovery is paramount which is why we’ve come back a bit later,” explained Southernwood.
“They’ve [the players] had two weeks complete rest, a week of active recovery and a three week recovery programme and what has been pleasing is seeing so many of the lads come in and do work voluntarily this summer with myself at the training ground.”
Last season’s pre-season led to the greatest ever start in the Club’s history but Southernwood believes there are still a handful of improvements that can be made.
“Every year we try and improve pre-season. Looking at the start of last year, we got off to a great start so we want to remember that and make a couple of improvements. My overriding aim every year is for the manager to have all of his squad available for selection on the first day of the season.
“I think this year our games programme is better this year than last year. If you look at it we work our way up from the Conference South right up to Championship and Premier League sides which I think is really good. Other than that there will just be a few adjustments from last year’s programme.
“The good thing as well is a lot of these players have been here a while now so we get to know them and what works which means we can put together the best programme possible for each individual.”