Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson hopes that his club's time in Portugal will help accelerate their team bonding as they prepare for the 2013-14 season. The club have just returned from a four day spell in the Algarve, where they stayed in a training camp, taking on Portuguese second tier newcomers SC Farense in a Saturday evening friendly.
The players landed back on English soil today, ready for a sequence of domestic friendlies, starting with tomorrow night's match against Torquay United at Plainmoore (kick-off 7.30p.m.) Speaking to BBC Somerset about why he likes to take his teams away, Gary explained:
"We wanted to get the group together, so that they learn about life at Yeovil and the learn about life off the field as well as on the field. So it's great for us to get them all together, let them all mix, get to know each other. Four or five days away as all managers will tell you, is like a couple of months at home, because you're with them for 24 hours a day."
As far as the training camp was concerned, striker James Hayter picked up an injury, meaning that along with Jamie McAllister and Nathan Ralph he was not used. The BBC also indicated that none of the club's trialists travelled to Portugal - although that appears to overlook the presence of Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, who has been a constant during pre-season but without any contract being mentioned.
The club did have one new addition to their ranks which became apparent during the trip - Glovers physio Simon Baker is back at the club for a third time, working alongside main physio Mike Micciche. It's not clear at this stage whether they will have particularly different roles, although Simon is a keen long distance runner, with a professional background in physiotherapy, and so would be well suited to dealing with players who have more problematic injuries. His previous role at the club came during the summer of 2009 but left in January 2011, with Micciche his replacement.
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