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Sadler On Pre-Season Start

30 June 2018

Sadler pleased to be back and getting stuck into the pre-season training

Mat Sadler and the Shrewsbury Town squad are now back in full training ahead of their Pre-Season campaign.

The Shrews are raring to go after the short month break from football after the Play-Off Final back in May.

The Town defender is pleased to be back at Sundorne and back working with his teammates preparing for the new season.

“It’s nice to be back and nice to be around the place,” Sadler said.

“It’s been a sulky month. We ended the Play-Off game and all went our different ways. For me it was tough to not actually speak to any of the lads about it and dissect it.

“First couple of days I’ve done that and got that out the way and now you start to look forward to what will be another tough season.

“We’re all lads who are wanting to work hard and strive to win games and ultimately the feeling is always like that.”

Sadler and The Town squad would have seen a number of new faces at Sundorne as John Askey has his backroom staff all prepared for the season ahead.

“Add into that we have a new staff, new manager new assistant, new first team coach and you’re just picking up new things from those and seeing how they work,” the Club Captain said.

“The sessions have been hard, really hard. I expect nothing will change in the fact to how we were last season. We set our stall up as being one of the fittest teams and nothing has really changed in the work ethic.

“It has been an enjoyable couple of days helped by the weather although it is hot but I’d much prefer it like this, it keeps smiles on faces.

“It’s a new building in the way of there is different people in there and different players. That familiarity has gone in terms of the people at the top and we’re listening to new voices so it’s work time again.

“The manager so far has been brilliant with myself. He’s really tried to keep me involved with decision-making, with what’s going on the pitch and what’s going on off the pitch.

“His door always seems open to anybody, which was again a similar thing from before. Added to that John (Filan) and Pilks (George Pilkington) they seem exactly the same and very approachable.

“From a personal point of view the gaffer has really respected myself as an older player and really want me to keep close and keep involved and that’s great for me.”


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