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Murdoch: We are feeling the benefits

15 July 2014

Midfielder talks about Austria trip after four intense days

Stewart Murdoch believes the intensity of the pre-season training sessions in Austria will benefit the Town squad in the long-run with the League One campaign just under a month away.

The Cod Army face Crewe Alexandra at Highbury on Saturday 9th August, but for now, Murdoch and the rest of the squad are enduring a tough training week in Obertraun.

The Scotsman spoke to the club’s official website after Tuesday’s sessions to reflect on what has been a demanding start to the tour: “We’re feeling good. It’s obviously great to come out here and get away from some of the distractions at home and sort of focus on training, eating well and getting as fit as we possibly can.”

Murdoch, who signed for the club 12 months ago, is raring to go ahead of the League One season and feels as fit as he’s ever been: “I feel really fit. We didn’t have too long to relax this year after the Play-Off final win, but everyone’s ready now to get back and be fit for the season.”

The former Falkirk midfielder was full of praise for the facilities on offer in Austria, and feels it’s important for the Town squad to have a week away: “The great training facilities here mean we can just train, relax, get to bed and train again, and the boys are looking really well. 

“It’s important that we have a week like this to really push ourselves, so when the season does start we’ve got all that in the bag.”

Manager Graham Alexander had the Fleetwood players back out running at 7am local time this morning ahead of the friendly against FC Terek Grozny tomorrow.

Town return to the UK on Saturday, and Murdoch admits that the Austria trip will hopefully make training that little bit easier when they return to Lancashire: “When we get back the training just sort of gets easier due to how hard it is out here, so it’s important that we really run hard here in training and use the great facilities that we’ve got.”

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