The club’s respective website will be regularly updated with exciting developments such as how long the grass has grown.
Historically speaking the return to pre-season training tends to result in a few of the following scenarios. The majority of fans will speak in quick, excitable witters to any other fan willing to listen about the latest signing to their sides’ armoury, safe in the knowledge that this is the missing piece to the puzzle. With the arrival of pretty much any signing there usually comes the odd negative remark taken from the deepest depths of an internet forum about ‘so and so’ having a ‘shocker’ away at Barnet in 2008. As a result then he obviously cannot be as good as the club are making him out to be. Clubs in order to presumably shift season tickets and at the same time to create a positive buzz will spout their lofty ambitions, publically and fans will eagerly lap it up in equal measures. Alongside this the club’s respective website will be regularly updated with exciting developments such as how long the grass has grown and that the toilets have been deep cleaned. Well maybe the second one was unrealistic.
The days of the players returning to be met by running trainers and little else, seem to be disappearing. The former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy once revealed a flaw to the plan of sending players running for huge distances at a time.
“We were doing a road run and we ran so far in Barnsley that a few of us got lost. As we had fallen such a long way behind the others, a small group of us decided to hitch a lift back to the ground. By the time everyone else got back, me and three others were already in the bath."
Clubs nowadays seem to pride themselves in the apparent uptake in the pre-season revolution. The days of running till you drop have been replaced by the much heralded ‘scientific approach’ which places more emphasis on replicating match conditions. This is done through the use of a football and short, sharp exercises designed to create levels of fatigue similar to the end of a ninety minute match.
Certainly this is representative of the noise coming out of Valley Parade at the moment as Phil Parkinson looks to turn around a sinking ship and put it firmly back on course. The summer signings have arrived to much hype and positivity. Well maybe not one signing, but we won’t go into that. The signing of Andrew Davies remains and is likely to remain the standout signing in the division so far with only possibly Jon Parkin at Fleetwood matching Davies for both quality and pedigree. Trialists continue to come and go at all clubs and many without the fans even knowing of their existence at the club. The Bantams have their fair share but on the whole seem much less reliant on the importance to find a select few to improve the first team than in previous years. This is a welcome change as even early on the first eleven seems pretty much set in stone. Any trialists that are awarded deals will be likely back up to the eleven and not shoehorned in.
At the same time though, no news is good news. Everything seems quiet down at Valley Parade with Phil Parkinson not one to spout his mouth off with outlandish statements (Steve Evans take note) With Parkinson’s plans starting to take shape and pre-season well underway, less than two weeks remain until the cup game at Meadow lane. The pre-season matches that have occurred so far are going well with all the strikers, barring not yet up to speed Alan Connell scoring regularly and only 2 goals conceded so far. Although if you subscribe to Bantams player and were hoping to see Nahki Wells’s goal from the other night, the cameraman missed it so in honesty it could have an arthritic Grandma sneaking onto the pitch and rounding the keeper for all we know. Maybe that would have made pre-season more interesting?
Nothing to grumble about, not yet.