Winger Paddy Lane spoke to the club after featuring and scoring in the side’s 3-0 win over HNK Orijent 1919 on Saturday evening.
Lane, who played the opening 60 minutes of the game before being subbed off for Shayden Morris, netted the opener midway through the first half and also played a part in creating multiple chances throughout his stint on the pitch.
Here’s what Paddy had to say:
On the work done whilst on tour…
“It’s been a good week for all of us out here in Croatia; it’s been a long off-season, with me going away, but I’ve managed to play games throughout it which is great for me.
“We all knew that the gaffer [Scott Brown] was going to be very demanding of us and I think we’ve all bought into it really. All of the staff have been superb with us and it’s been a good trip so far. It’s been a demanding but good week.
“We’ve still got some work to do before we go home in this heat, which I’ve managed to stay out of it as much as I can. I feel fit, and so do the other lads, so it’s great to be back out there, especially with the group of lads we’ve got this year.”
On the heat out in Croatia…
“I don’t hate the sun, I actually quite like it, but I can’t stay out for longer than an hour otherwise I’ll just get burned - the sun cream has done me some favours so far!
“The heat has been good for us in training, even though it leaves you a bit sticky. It’ll allow us to do 90 minutes in England a lot easier. The lads have done 90 minutes this week, with some doing 60 and some doing 30 on Saturday.
“It acclimatises us to this sort of heat and, if we can do it out here, we should be able to do it back at home.”
On the coaching staff’s influence on the squad…
“The tour’s gone well for me so far, From a personal point of view, I’ve got a lot of fitness out of it and I’ve been doing well in the games so I hope that can carry on.
“The training has been great under the new gaffer and the staff. The gaffer’s experience is nearly unwatched and we are all trying to add his experience into our games – you can already start to see his influence on the pitch.
“All the lads all over the pitch can take parts of his and Whits’ [Steven Whittaker] game because they have had unbelievable careers so for them to pass those experiences onto is brilliant.”
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