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Scott Vernon On Friendlies

17 July 2015

Striker Believes Town Have Three Good Tests

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"We've been laying the fundamentals and getting the base fitness in," said Vernon.

"The training has been a lot of ball work and intense game situations and fitness-based as well with a couple of hill runs chucked in for good measure.

"It's all to be expected in pre-season as that's what it's all about, getting that fitness in ready for the start of the season.

"We've got new players in this year so the manager's trying to get his ideas across and we've probably been doing more football than I'm used to which is a good thing because, as a footballer, that's what you want to be doing.

"At other clubs I've had it where you don't touch a ball for two weeks and just run, but times are changing and it's getting a lot more scientific now.

"We wear the heart rate monitors in training every day so our training is based around how hard our heart is working which is always good and it's injury preventing as well."

And Vernon admits he has been glad to be doing more ball work alongside the running and fitness-based exercises.

The Town squad returned to pre-season training on 26 July meaning they have been back to work for three weeks now.

"We've played one game (at Market Drayton Town) so far which went well," said Vernon.

"The lads put in a good shift and got the fitness out of it.

"The first-half team that we played got some stick for the 0-0 draw that we played at half-time but we went on in the second half and did the business.

"It was lovely for myself to get a hat-trick. I always like to score goals whether it's against a lower-league team or a top team.

"The main thing was to get through the game unscathed and get the fitness out of it, and that's what we did."

And the 31-year-old believes it was an important exercise for the team's fitness following the summer break.

Vernon grabbed a hat-trick in Shrewsbury's first game of the summer - a 6-0 win at Market Drayton Town in the semi-final of the Shropshire Senior Cup.

"These are all going to be good tests coming up for us," said Vernon.

"They're good teams and we know they've got good players all over the pitch, so we're the underdogs going into the games but it will be a good test for us.

"It will be good to see where we're at in pre-season as it's all geared up towards the first game of the season.

"They'll be finding their feet as well and I'm sure they'll have new players like we have so it's all about getting their minutes in towards the first game of the season.

"You like to win the games but I don't think the result is the main thing at the moment."

And Vernon feels the games will give the Shrews a good indication as to where they are currently at as a team.

Home friendlies against two other English second-tier sides, Birmingham City (21 July) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (25 July), then follow in the next week.

Town return to Greenhous Meadow on Saturday, for the first time since promotion from Sky Bet League 2 last season, to face Championship side Cardiff City in the first of three home friendlies (2pm kick-off).

Striker Scott Vernon believes Shrewsbury Town have three good pre-season friendly tests coming up in the next week.

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