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Barkhuizen Putting The Work In

18 June 2014

Striker Hopes Extra Gym Time Pays Off

Tom Barkhuizen hopes some extra summer work in the gym will pay dividends on the pitch this season.

The 20-year-old, who made 15 appearances for The Seasiders in 2013/14, is determined to start the new campaign in peak condition, in an effort to impress new manager José Riga.

"I sort of made a decision at the start of the summer to not go away this year and crack on in the gym to try and get as fit as possible for pre-season," he told the official website. "I want to try and make my mark in the early pre-season games and hopefully make the starting eleven for the first game against Nottingham Forest.

"I'm naturally quite a slim guy so I've known for the last few years that I need to get bigger. For some reason it just doesn't happen, but I'm still young and my body is still developing. I've now been going to the gym consistently for a while so hopefully I'll start strengthening up and be ready for the start of the season."

Having previously been impressed by the job José Riga did at Charlton Athletic, Barkhuizen met the new manager briefly during his tour around Bloomfield Road last week

"I was in the gym when Karl was showing him around so I introduced myself. He seems like a nice guy and hopefully we can work well as a team and with the staff to have a good season," he said.

"Charlton were a very counter-attacking team against us in the last game of the season and it's effective, especially against some of the bigger teams in this league. Hopefully he can carry that on with us now and we can show how good we are."

Riga's first official game in charge will be a Championship opener away to Nottingham Forest, with the City Ground holding many a good recent memory for Blackpool fans.

"We picked up four points against them last season and their ground seems to have been a lucky one for us in the past. Hopefully we can start the season off with three points," Barkhuizen added.


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