Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s completed their second gym session of the week earlier today, and Will Abbott - head of strength & conditioning for the academy - commented on the importance of physically preparing for the new season.
The Seagulls are midway through their training camp in Portugal, and Abbott put the players through their paces in a local gym this morning.
“The players had a heavy couple of days out on the pitch - on both Monday and Tuesday - so the emphasis today was getting them off their feet, giving them an upper body strength stimulus.
“Whatever league it is in England, whether it’s the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two or Premier League 2, the game is getting quicker and more explosive.
“As a consequence, it’s a vital part of our preparation to make sure our athletes are fit, strong and robust enough to deal with the demands.”
With a handful of players progressing into the under-23 side from the under-18s this season, Abbott praised his colleagues for preparing the players correctly at younger age groups.
“We’re very lucky to have an excellent strength and conditioning department within the academy.
"The likes of Stuart Williams, Tom Ball and Calum Brashill have done a great job in educating the athletes about the importance of their physical development.
“By the time they come through to the under-23s, they know how important it is for them and they can crack on straight away.”