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Tricky Talk: Nearing the end

Day eight of Nottingham Forest's pre-season training camp at the IMG Academy in Florida.

12 July 2017

It was the penultimate day out on the training pitches at the IMG Academy on Tuesday and it was another tough session for The Reds.

Mark Warburton had a level five session lined up which continued to work the players hard after a long seven days.

The Reds worked on keeping possession in in tight areas and moving the ball quickly, as well as position-specific fitness drills before some intense seven-a-side matches.

It was difficult work in the 30-degree heat but the players got through it to reach lunch before a workout in the gym.

Tuesday's focus was on the upper body and building strength and power as there was no let-up in the demanding work.

The players' competitive streak well and truly came out in the afternoon with a volleyball tournament at the picturesque Siesta Key beach.

With the group split into six teams, the commitment was exemplary as players dived across the sand to save precious points and fight for the bragging rights.

There were controversial calls on whether some shots were in or out, and debate about the wonky court markings in the sand, but the team comprising Stephen Henderson, Armand Traore, Jordan Wright, Matt Mills, goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart and kit man Dan Smith reigned supreme.

It was good fun and also a good workout for the players, with the contest ending just in time as the menacing grey skies rolled in ahead of the inevitable thunderstorm.

Wednesday is the final full day in Florida and the players are set for one final push before the return back to Nottingham.

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