Swindon Town can confirm that the squad will be heading to Portugal next week for a warm-weather training camp.
Dave Flitcroft and his side will fly out on Tuesday 18th July for five nights as they continue to step up their preparations for the 2017/18 campaign.
With seven new faces having arrived through the door at The County Ground so far this summer, the trip is an ideal opportunity for staff and players to come together in an intense working environment.
The players will be put through their paces whilst out in Portugal and one or two competitive games are also in the pipeline.
Speaking about the camp, Town boss Dave Flitcroft underlined the importance of the five-night trip.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to arrange this pre-season camp and it will form a vital part of our preparation for the new season,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk exclusively.
“We will be working incredibly hard whilst we are out there and it is an ideal chance for me and my staff to get our ideas across to the players in a real intense setting.
“The foundation to our pre-season so far has been to change and shift a losing mentality, something which we have worked so hard on over the last few weeks.
“Preparing the team for a coming season in a warm weather camp means you have full control of the sessions and it allows you to get three training sessions in a day.
“This will be vital in terms of working on our tactical strategies for the coming season.
“We will have 24 hours’ control which will allow us to collect physical data, fuel consumption, rehydration and sleep patterns of the players.
“I would like to thank both the Chairman and the Chief Executive for their hard work in getting this trip organised, and I can’t stress how important it will be in terms of getting ready for the new season."
“Preparing the team for a coming season in a warm weather camp means you have full control of the sessions and it allows you to get three training sessions in a day. This will be vital in terms of working on our tactical strategies for the coming season."
Town assistant manager Ben Futcher also highlighted how crucial the trip to Portugal will be in terms of the amount of work that can be done over there.
“Getting away together is massive, especially when you’ve brought in the amount of new players we have,” he said.
“We’ve rebuilt the squad and it is a massive task to get them to gel quickly. We’re still trying to bring players in so that time together will be huge.
“You are guaranteed the weather and you are guaranteed the pitches out there, so we know we can get two or three sessions in a day.
“It is massive on both counts because we can get a lot of tactical work into the players and we can get a lot of leg work into the players and it will bring everyone together.
“It is really important for us.”
You can keep up to date with all the action in Portugal via our official website and social media channels - more details next week.