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Warburton delighted with pre-season plans

6 June 2017

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton has described the club’s pre-season training camp in the United States as “an ideal environment” in which to prepare for the 2017-18 season.

The Reds will be heading Stateside for a ten-day camp as the players are put through their paces ahead of the start of the new campaign.

The squad will be based at the IMG Academy in Florida and Warburton believes the facilities are first-class.

He said: "When we first came to the club we started looking at the options for pre-season and the IMG Academy was an obvious first consideration. The facilities are outstanding and it will be an ideal environment in which to prepare the players.

"David and I have used the complex before when we were with Brentford so we are well aware of the quality of pitches, the world-class gymnasiums and the tremendous support provided by the IMG staff. The training camp will give us the opportunity to work hard as a squad, integrate new and younger players and generally prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

"The pre-season period is vitally important to every team seeking to rise to the demands that are provided by the Championship. It is a gruelling and relentless league with many strong teams and therefore a strong foundational fitness base, an understanding of the standards we must maintain and a real belief in the quality contained within the squad are all vital requirements.

"The fact we are able to take the squad to such a tremendous facility speaks volumes for the backing being given to the team by Mr Marinakis and the new Board. There were cheaper alternatives but the commitment made to a high-quality pre-season highlights the level of support being afforded to the football department."

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