Date: 2nd July 2015 at 4:11pm
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With the players back on Wednesday for pre season training and testing, Nick Haughton has talked about his hopes for the season and Youl Mawene gave his thoughts on our first day back.

Beginning with midfielder Haughton who made his first team breakthrough in 2014-15, with the 20 year old debuting against Port Vale in October before then going on to make a total of 22 appearances across the campaign, he’s obviously told the Official Site that he’s looking to kick on further in 2015-16 and he knows that comes from getting a good and solid pre season under his belt at Poolfoot Farm and continuing to stay in the mind of manager Graham Alexander.

‘It has been a good summer, I`ve enjoyed it but it`s good to get back to work now, so I need to knuckle down. I`ve being going to the gym every other day and doing a bit with my personal trainer, but we`re back into it now. We all want to play football, all the hard work has got to be done, but we`re glad to get the balls out on the first day.’

This pre season will also be his first where he takes in trips abroad for friendlies, and that’s a new challenge and experience he’s relishing.

‘It will be tough to go there. I`ve never done anything like that myself before, so it is going to be tough but it has to be done at the end of the day.’

With eleven starts under his belt last year, our reigning Young Player of the Year said of his hopes for the coming campaign.

‘I want to push myself so I`m a week in week out starter, that`s what I want to achieve. For the team we had a very good season last year, and we`ve got some new faces now so I think we`ll do well. Personally I want double figures in goals, but it is a team game and I want us to do well every week.’

As for our sports scientist Mawene, he said it had been a testing day for the players at our new training ground Poolfoot as they had already planned a double session to kick things off following on from the morning testing period to see how players had followed their off season fitness plans.

‘It was like the first day back at school with all the new faces. They`ve worked really hard though given the weather, and it has been a typical pre-season day so we`ll just keep it going. It was brilliant to see all the lads again and a lot of the boys look in decent shape. The boys who are a little bit behind will have to catch up. Fitness is so important at this stage of the season. We want to lay a big strong base in terms of cardiovascular strength and capacity, and then slowly add sharpness as the pre-season is going on.’

Mawene went on to say that it’s obviously ‘massively’ early days yet in the pre season plan, but despite a few players being slightly behind, that’s always the case but in general even being behind means you still come back with a decent grounding to build on, so there are no major concerns from his position.

In any event he has plenty of ‘tough sessions’ lined up for them so if they don’t enjoy it, its a case of grin and bare it until you get through it.

‘Pre-season is based around the quality of football, but obviously at a certain intensity, and I think it`s key for them to maintain that intensity for a length of time. It`s a mix and match really as every pre-season is different. We have a template in place but we need to adjust it year on year as situations change.’

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