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Slade - It's Been A Great Week

26 July 2012

Manager delighted with impact of pre-season tour

RUSSELL SLADE has hailed his team's training camp as a success after a productive four days at the Champneys Springs resort in Leicestershire.

The O's have enjoyed the time by varying their training routines throughout the day and playing a behind closed doors match against a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI.

Slade feels as though the trip has helped his eight new signings blend in with the squad and he feels it will stand them in good stead for the challenges to come.

"It's been good because not only do I learn, but the players learn about each other too," he said.

"They've been living with each other 24/7, getting up and training at 7.30 in the morning and are still with each other at 8, 9 o'clock at night.

"From that point of view it's been a fantastic exercise and our fitness coach Lee [Southernwood] has put an awful lot into it to make it successful as well.

"The lads have done everything from running to playing games, to gym classes, to swim classes and Zumba.

"They've had an absolute full programme for the amount of time we've been here so I think it's been a really successful trip."

Orient defeated Wolves 2-0 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Kevin Lisbie and Ryan Brunt and Slade was happy with the workout as the start of the new campaign edges closer.

"We were really solid again," he continued. "We didn't concede, which was good against a very physical Wolves side.

"In the end we wore them down and what was pleasing was that despite all the work we've done here over the last few days we looked very strong, physically and fitness-wise.

"It's just under three weeks until our first competitive game and so far, so good.

"We've had a few niggly injuries or bugs that have kept players out for a day or two, but those players are catching up now and the most important thing is that we get everyone fit for the first competitive game.

"We all feel as a group that we're on course for that."


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