Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 winger Jordan Maguire-Drew believes the training camp in Portugal was beneficial for himself and his team-mates, and highlighted the positive vibe within the squad.
Maguire-Drew enjoyed loan spells at Lincoln City and Coventry City last season, but the 20-year-old was pleased to share a week in Portugal with his Albion team-mates, as Simon Rusk’s side prepare for the new season.
“It was hard work with the different humidity, it plays a big factor. When you run, you can’t take in as much oxygen as you need - so you have to change your body to adjust to different climates.
“It’s always nice to come back at pre-season and train with everyone. I caught up with all the boys - everyone in the squad gets on well, both on and off the pitch. It’s a great group to be around.”
The winger made 14 appearances in League Two last season, and after having a break over the summer, Maguire-Drew admitted he was desperate to get back on the pitch.
“Even if you’re a top player, you can always find ways to improve your game, but mentally it’s also important to switch off for a while.
“You try to catch up with old friends throughout the summer and have some down time to recover. Your body needs recovery after a long season.
“It’s always nice to have a break but I was itching to come back. When you are back, to be around a group like this, you can’t ask for much more.”