Oxford United players in shape as new season beckons

Alfie Potter will be raring to go in training after missing much of last season

Alfie Potter will be raring to go in training after missing much of last season

First published in U's News

Oxford United’s squad are expected to report back in shape for pre-season training this week after following fitness programmes since the end of last season.

The players’ physical condition will be assessed on Friday, ahead of full sessions beginning next Monday.

Players have been regular visitors to the club’s gym in the last few weeks and U’s manager Chris Wilder is not expecting anyone in a poor physical condition.

He said: “The players have been in throughout the summer and have been set targets. they have been working hard – it’s a determined group.

“Nobody is behind schedule, obviously there are some people that are better at different things than others.

“We will look to bring them up to speed with the training and the pre-season games we’ve got.

“It’s all about working towards looking to make a fast start to the season.”

Improving strength and conditioning was a highlighted as a key priority following a poor finish to last season, which saw the U’s miss out on the npower League Two play-offs.

The club are planning to hire a new full-time fitness coach this summer and Wilder is focusing on getting through to the start of the season without any knocks.

“Prevention of injuries is the aim, more than anything,” Wilder said.

“I’m sure if we can keep people robust and set up for a 46-game league season then we will do better.”

The group starting full training should include Alfie Potter, after fully recovering from a broken ankle which ruled the winger out fot the second half of the season.

He will be joined by striker Tom Craddock and goalkeepers Ryan Clarke and Wayne Brown, who all had injury problems in the final weeks of the campaign.

But not everyone will be able to go straight into full training.

Defenders Harry Worley and Liam Davis are likely to miss United’s opening pre-season games as they recover from surgery on ankle and groin injuries respectively.

Wilder said: “Pre-season’s all about getting ready for the first game of the season – that’s what we are always looking at.”

United’s first pre-season game is against West Ham at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday, July 17.

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6:52pm Tue 3 Jul 12

HopefulOx says...

All I can say is that , These so called signings better be good cos as I see it the current squad is not a promotion pushing side ....This could well be CW's last season if something good doesnt happen soon .....
All I can say is that , These so called signings better be good cos as I see it the current squad is not a promotion pushing side ....This could well be CW's last season if something good doesnt happen soon ..... HopefulOx
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6:56pm Tue 3 Jul 12

yellowhoods says...

Nothing good is going to happen, we will struggle this season. I just love Tim in the priory.......
Nothing good is going to happen, we will struggle this season. I just love Tim in the priory....... yellowhoods
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8:23pm Tue 3 Jul 12

BigAlBiker says...

With our current crop of midfield players we will be outrun very easy again, perhaps Beano and Alfie could drop back and help out?
With our current crop of midfield players we will be outrun very easy again, perhaps Beano and Alfie could drop back and help out? BigAlBiker
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10:09am Wed 4 Jul 12

Joe1 says...

We seemed to fade badly towards the end of last Season. Not sure that was entorely due to lack of fitness though?
We just lacked insoiration to move out of this division. That must come from the top down through the entire team. We scored to few goals & let in some silly & own goals. One or two of the players we signed last Summer were just NOT fit & were out for most of the Season. Not the way a club should prepare.
One would hope, that we have learnt something from that???

"COME ON YOY YELLOWS"
We seemed to fade badly towards the end of last Season. Not sure that was entorely due to lack of fitness though? We just lacked insoiration to move out of this division. That must come from the top down through the entire team. We scored to few goals & let in some silly & own goals. One or two of the players we signed last Summer were just NOT fit & were out for most of the Season. Not the way a club should prepare. One would hope, that we have learnt something from that??? "COME ON YOY YELLOWS" Joe1
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10:29am Wed 4 Jul 12

the wizard says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
With our current crop of midfield players we will be outrun very easy again, perhaps Beano and Alfie could drop back and help out?
The inside word is that you are courting Jonathan Smith from STFC. He is a good honest hard working midfielder who disrupts the opposition very well. No fitness issues or injury concerns, quite quick and very fit indeed.
Not a goal scorer, but puts good balls forwards for others to run onto.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: With our current crop of midfield players we will be outrun very easy again, perhaps Beano and Alfie could drop back and help out?[/p][/quote]The inside word is that you are courting Jonathan Smith from STFC. He is a good honest hard working midfielder who disrupts the opposition very well. No fitness issues or injury concerns, quite quick and very fit indeed. Not a goal scorer, but puts good balls forwards for others to run onto. the wizard
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4:13pm Wed 4 Jul 12

bigchet says...

the fa are suggesting more coaching at grass roots level to improve the english game. they stood idly by and let sky and the premier clubs hijack our national game and now appear surprised that very few home grown players come through at the top level because of the numbers of foreign players to the detriment of the national team. obviously grass roots coaching will be a good thing but too little too late.
the fa are suggesting more coaching at grass roots level to improve the english game. they stood idly by and let sky and the premier clubs hijack our national game and now appear surprised that very few home grown players come through at the top level because of the numbers of foreign players to the detriment of the national team. obviously grass roots coaching will be a good thing but too little too late. bigchet
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4:28pm Thu 5 Jul 12

karatavuk says...

We have a good set of players but they don't have any faith in their manager. Get a new man in and see the difference.

Go away Wilder.
We have a good set of players but they don't have any faith in their manager. Get a new man in and see the difference. Go away Wilder. karatavuk
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