Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s began their pre-season training camp in Portugal this morning.
Simon Rusk’s side were put through their paces before lunchtime, with a number of possession-based drills that led into a crossing-and-heading competition to close the session.
Albion’s players visited the gym in the afternoon for a circuit, which included a series of stretching exercises and a weights programme to strengthen the body ahead of the upcoming season.
George Cox, who made five appearances in Sky Bet League Two during a loan spell at Northampton Town last season, spoke after day one in Portugal, as the Seagulls prepare for a pre-season friendly on Friday.
He said, “The session this morning was pretty good, it was a good standard, but the hard parts are still to come. I’m looking forward to seeing what else is happening this week.
“We haven’t had too much time in the hotel yet, but it’s important to rest when you get a chance, especially with all these hard sessions.
“A few of us are going to head out into the town centre today and have a look around. It’s nice to switch your brain away from football, instead of constantly thinking about it.
“The training this week will get us prepared for the match on Friday, as the main thing for everyone is to get minutes and get match fit.
“It’s also great to see some of the younger lads come into the under-23s. Some of us have been out on loan, and it’s nice to see the under-18s make the next step in their journeys.”
Kieran Cleeves was on hand to capture all the action from Albion’s opening day in Portugal.