The shot stoppers are roommates for the tripFleetwood Town goalkeeper Chris Maxwell is already feeling the benefit of the Club’s pre-season tour to Germany despite the demanding training regime.
The players have been taking part in three sessions a day and Maxwell believes that sort of intensity so early on is only going to benefit the players as they prepare for the new season ahead.
Tomorrow, the Cod Army take on Borussia Dortmund’s ‘B’ side in the team’s second warm-up game ahead of the new season.
Maxwell took time out of the busy training schedule to speaking to the Club website about the demands, both physical and mental, of the pre-season tour and look ahead to tomorrow’s tie.
“It was always going to be tough, this is a chance for us to get the work in and the three sessions a day is hard.
“The sheer content of the week is definitely difficult and it’s a mental thing as well.
Maxwell’s roommate for the trip is fellow goalkeeper Brendan Moore, the man he is battling with for the number one jersey this season at Highbury.
The Welsh man explained how good his relationship is with Moore, who joined the Club earlier this season.
“We’ve got a really good relationship. We have one in training and even with him moving around the corner from me just in Poulton as well.
“So, I’ve been spending a bit of time with him outside of football. I think it’s important that goalkeepers get on.”
Adding: “Obviously, we’re really good friends but also we’re competing with each other every day on a daily basis on the training field and in these pre-season games too.
“So, it’s for the best working environment. I think for David Lucas especially it’s really important that we get on to create a positive atmosphere.
“It’s a nice healthy competition.”
On Dortmund, Town’s Player of the Season for the last campaign spoke of how the team is gelling together.
“I don’t think it matters the team we’re playing against, we’re a very good team.
“We’re gelling everyday and the gaffer’s drilling into us, especially the new lads, what he wants us to play like and the attitude in training and the attitude in games as well which hasn’t been a problem.
“The new lads have fitted into that straightaway.
As far as the game tomorrow, it is only our second game in pre-season, obviously I’m not going to say the result isn’t important, all the lads want to win, but at the same time all the lads want to put in a performance where the show the gaffer they want to play.
“They want to be in that first starting line-up against Southend and it just gives us the chance to use what we’ve gained in the first two weeks of pre-season and push on again, push on another level.
“It’ll be a good game and obviously Dortmund will be a good opposition. You expect that from the name that they have got and it’ll be a good test for us, I’m sure we’ll do well.”