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Daggers ready to return to pre-season training ahead of trip to Portugal

PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 June 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge in pre-season training last summer (pic: Dagenham & Redbridge FC)

Dagenham & Redbridge in pre-season training last summer (pic: Dagenham & Redbridge FC)

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Dagenham & Redbridge return to pre-season training on Saturday, with plenty of new faces on show.

The likes of Ben Nunn, Daniel Sparkes, Morgan Ferrier, Bondz N’Gala and Michael Cheek will all link up their new team mates for the first time.

The pre-season campaign will be important for that group of players as they look to gel with their new colleagues, while those that remain from last season will be determined to show why they should start.

And Daggers assistant manager Darren Currie has revealed the Essex club will start pre-season will more or less a clean bill of health.

“There are one or two of the players that had some niggles carry over from last season,” he added.

“Both Corey Whitely and Scott Doe had little operations to tidy up slight problems, while Luke Howell also had a small operation.

“All on the boys are on track in their recovery and the whole squad has been coming in during the off-season to keep ticking over.”

Daggers have just four days of pre-season training before heading out to Portugal on July 5 for a 10 day training camp.

At the time of writing, there are no friendlies planned for the trip, though it is understood Daggers are looking to arrange one.

However, even without a game, the squad will be worked hard as they look to get in top shape for the new campaign.

And Currie revealed exactly how the players will be kept active throughout their time in Portugal.

“The club have done training camps in the past and it’s a brilliant way for the new players to get to know each other,” he said.

“John has been to the resort in the past with Luton Town and says it is an excellent complex.

“The days will see the boys bike to training in the morning, which will be about a 10 minute ride so it can be part of their warm-up.

“From there, it will vary day-to-day with some in the gym, some doing fitness training and others doing fitness training.

“These days, the players return to pre-season in great shape and they’ve all had body fat targets set for when they return.”

Daggers will hope their trip to Portugal can inspire them to win promotion from the National League this season.


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