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Ince: Pre-Season Is Vital

25 June 2013

Manager Will Prepare Players For Long Season

Pre-season is a critical stage of the year for all players as they put in the work to ensure they can peak and maintain fitness throughout the gruelling Championship campaign.

With temperatures reaching the low 30s in Portugal this week, the Blackpool squad are certainly being tested as they undergo workouts in the morning and early evening.

One player who is not with the team is Thomas Ince as he enjoys a bit of time off having played for England Under 21s this summer - with his last game of a long 2012/13 season coming on June 11 as England lost 1-0 to Israel in the final group game of the European Championships.

"I think it worked out that he has played 50-odd games with a lot of pressure and responsibility on his shoulders, so I think he needs a break, not so much physically, but more mentally," said Paul Ince.

"Obviously now with what went on in Israel he probably needs another couple of months off!

"Thomas wanted to come to Portugal though. It's great to be back in football and amongst the lads, but I said to him to get some rest and go away and relax."

The manager will join up with the players in the next couple of days and believes it is important for the players to do some work in a different climate to that of the Fylde Coast.

"It's nice to get away and experience a different environment. You see where they are fitness-wise and I think the heat actually shows how fit they are and whether they have done the work in close-season.

"Nowadays, players are generally half-fit when they come back so we don't have to build a base for them. 

"We go into pre-seaon half-full rather than empty so that's good and acclimatising to the weather is good for them. It's a week where we can get them together and that's why it's a good exercise for us."

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