Vincelot - A Massive Week In Austria
Bradford are now well into the pre-season spell in Austria and Germany.
Captain Romain Vincelot has spoken of the importance of this time, currently in Austria until Friday, ahead of a friendly in Germany, Stuttgart, against TV Echterdingen on Saturday.
He told the Official Website: 'This week will be hard but we need to push ourselves to be ready for the new season.'
Vincelot, along with his teammates, all 21 of them, are spending 24 hours a day with each other. If this isn't going to enable you to get to know literally everything about those you'll be playing with in the season ahead nothing will.
Those already within the squad from last season will be known to each other but Stuart McCall's new recruits have been able to get more involved and Vincelot has spoken about the 'good atmosphere' seen.
'When you are away for a week and with a group twenty-four hours a day, it is a good way to talk to someone and get to know them even more. It is good to get to know the new lads a bit better, but there is already a good atmosphere in the camp. Obviously the players here from last season know each other well and the players who have come in seem to be good lads as well.'
On the arrivals themselves he went on to praise the Bradford recruitment and how important the 'intensity of training' is, something Vincelot likes, and what a 'massive week' it's been ahead of the step up when City return to England.
He said: 'The Club seem to have recruited good players, but good characters as well. It makes things easier that way, the new players seem to be settling in already. It is hard at this time of year with the intensity of training, but I enjoy the hard work. I know it is essential for the season ahead. This is a massive week here (in Austria).'
Adding: 'Once we are back in England, there will only be two weeks to go until the build up starts ahead of the Blackpool game (opening day fixture). The team bonding and the work we'll do on the training pitch this week will be of great benefit to us as we move forwards.'
McCall himself, earlier in the week, told the Official Website that 'everything has gone well' so far but knows the harder the squad works the better it'll be for the upcoming campaign.
'The lads know there is no magic formula that gets you fit and in shape, it is all about putting in the hard work while we've over here.'
Bradford could have broke up the week by playing a midweek friendly against a local Austria side but the boss feels the players will ultimate benefit more from a week of work on the training ground before TV Echterdingen at the weekend.
McCall said: 'At this stage of pre-season, this week on the training ground is vitally important. Unlike in an actual match, you can stop things and explain things on the training pitch. We can get on the pitch, coach the lads and let them know what we are after. Obviously you can only really do that in a match environment at half time or at the end of a game. When we get ourselves fitter, stronger and more mentally-prepared, we will be ready for our other pre-season games coming up.'