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"You want to get everyone through and you want to get there without any niggles, and losing three or four days. I have been part of it myself when you have stop-start pre-seasons, you don't really get your rhythm going. But it is a long season and if you get these six weeks in, then the league starts and there are still three to four weeks there when we have only one game a week, so we can get some proper work done there as well. Then, let's see. I am sure that when the league starts we will be ready, sharp and fit enough."

and he wants the matches to start

"You want the kit on. Training is good and we play 11-a-side, but as soon as you get your kit on you are playing with tour teammates and against someone else it's different. That is when we can see if the work we have done will take a bit of time, or if they have grasped it already."