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Austria Update: First year scholars' blog

21 July 2015

Baines, Fisher and Sterling talk about their experiences so far

First year scholars Lewis Baines, Luke Fisher and Tre Sterling spoke to the Club website about their past few days' experience on the pre-season trip of Austria.

The young Cod Army have won both of their games so far after beating Eastbourne and Celtic impressively.

"We were up at 7am for a run around the lake and pitches, and after 15 minutes of running headed for breakfast.

"When breakfast finished, we had around an hour and a half to ourselves and some of the boys used this time for ice baths while others preferred to relax in their rooms.

"We reported for training at 10.30am and began with some SAQ work. This was more of an exercise to get us back moving again and to get rid of any rubbish in our legs from the game the previous evening.

"After spending 15-20 minutes on SAQ we moved on to some possession and technical drills. Once the football side of things were complete, Dan and Nathan took us to the pool for some team relay races.

"Later on that afternoon we had the chance to see the development squad in action against Austrian side Rapid Vienna.

"They were very strong opposition and were made up of players who recently featured in their first team.

"This promised to be a thrilling game and a very challenging one for our development Squad, however the conditions took its toll on our boys.

"Sunday morning was game day for our youth team against Scottish giants Celtic.

"All game days start off with a bit of a lie in and then we report for breakfast at 07:45.

"Our match kicked off at 09:30 so the boys went straight from breakfast to our pre match meeting.

"The buzz around the team was incredible and I could just tell they weren’t going to hold back at any point in this game.

"The hot weather was not going to do us any favours but then again both teams would have to cope. We came away with a hard fought victory.

"The rest of the day was ours to enjoy and we could enjoy it knowing we came away with a win.

"Later on we travelled into the town of Vienna and got some time to go out and enjoy ourselves away from the footballing side of things.

"Both teams went out for a meal in an American Restaurant and spent the rest of the night together."

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