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Off-Season Work Pays Off For Cullen

4 July 2016

Striker Recovers From Hamstring Tear

Mark Cullen has been able to start pre-season training from day one, after recovering from a hamstring tear in the off-season.  

The striker sacrificed some of his time away during the summer to ensure that his injury rehabilitation could continue at Bloomfield Road, alongside winger Henry Cameron.

That commitment has allowed him to hit the ground running as he looks to impress new manager Gary Bowyer.

“I've been in a fair few times over the summer to try and get my injury right and make sure that I was ready for the start of pre-season,” he told the official website.

“All the lads keep fit over the summer in different ways and if anything it helped me focus a bit more on trying to stay fit.”

The 24-year-old was one of the first players to meet Bowyer prior to preparations getting underway and has been impressed so far.

“I met him in the off-season, just a few days after he was appointed, and from what I've seen of him so far he's been impressive. Hopefully we can get firing and get ready for the start of the season,” he said.

“The club has had a couple of relegations, so we have to start again and move the other way and try and get promoted. We just have to be ready and we have to make sure that we're ready to fight.”

Cullen, who hit nine goals for the team last season, will be competing with four other strikers for a starting berth this time around.

“It's healthy (competition), that's what you have in most squads. No one should be guaranteed a space and it just makes you work that little bit harder.”

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