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Sam Ricketts training update

26 March 2020

Sam Ricketts provides an update on Town's training plans.

Shrewsbury Town Football Club can confirm the Salop first-team have all been instructed to work from home as per Governmental advice due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Despite a planned return to training on the 23rd of March, the Town squad will return to Sundorne Castle at a later date as per EFL and Government advice.

Shrews Manager Sam Ricketts provided the following update on Town’s plans going forward.

"The current landscape is changing by the day really," said Sam. "The EFL advised not to train before April 3rd so we have pushed it back until then. Hopefully we can resume training then. It’s not guaranteed, we have to see what happens in the coming days and weeks.

"We have to see what happens and listen to how Government advice changes. Health and safety have to come before anything - I think everyone in this country is now realising that.

"We all have to do what we can to prevent the spread of this virus. We have to fall in line with Government advice no matter your situation is. It's not right to train at the moment so we have to wait until it is.

"The lads have individual plans to follow at home, they are aware of what they need to do. Plans changed because they can't use gyms and things like that. We have to be creative with what we ask of the players and how we do it. We have tried to make things interesting whilst trying to keep morale and fitness levels up.

"This has shown what football means to the community and the whole country. Nothing brings people together like sport. On a more local basis, it shows what great work Shrewsbury Town in the Community do for Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas."

Town’s Manager also shared his thoughts on games potentially being played behind closed doors. He said: "I am not sure how we could play behind closed doors. You have to be very careful of that because we are seeing a lot of players having it. They could pass it on between sides and the spread would still be there.

"If you can't play with supporters, I don't think you can play behind closed doors either. People will still be carrying the virus. We could play someone now and in a few weeks, our players could test positive.

"I think all of this depends on how long the situation goes on for. We don't want to be in a position where we are finishing the season around September time."


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