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Ollie: We're In Great Shape

20 July 2012

Manager Delighted With Squad

Manager Ian Holloway says that his players have returned for pre-season in great shape, allowing for plenty of ball and tactical work at an earlier stage.

Speaking from The Seasiders' training camp in Portugal, Ollie has revealed that there is no sign of a Wembley hangover as the team gears up for another assualt on The Championship.

"I think the lads have come back fantastically well, nobody's got a hangover, nobody's worried and depressed about last year and everybody's probably fitter than they've been for a long time," he told the official website. "I'm absolutely delighted with the lads and the work we're getting into them.

"We're developing our strategies early, trying to get the ball moving, trying to get better support all around it all the time and trying to improve us. I can't ask for any more, the lads have come back at a level where we can do quite intense stuff straight from the off."

Work on bringing new players to the club has continued while out of the country, with a Spanish trialist impressing in the warm weather training sessions. The manager's main priority at the moment is to bolster his striking options.

"I'm looking to strengthen up front, I'm looking to add some people up front because we've lost LuaLua and we've lost Dobbie, whether I can get him back or not," he said. "We need to look at that goals column but everywhere else I'm not too bad."

A major positive ahead of the new season is the introduction of a Development Squad, headed by Keith Millen. Players in that group will now be challenged to win a place in the main team.

"The competition we've got now and the structure of the club we've got now, no one can winge, no one can moan and the ones back home have got to push to get into this first-team group. I want a bit of elitism if I can. I think that bodes well, plus the fact that the standard of coaching they'll be getting is the same as it is with the first-team. I think that's absolutely vital," he added.

The Seasiders will fly home from Lagos tomorrow as preparations are stepped up for their pre-season friendlies.

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