Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has hopefully got an 'enjoyable' pre-season programme set out for his players, as they return to Huish Park today. Yesterday saw a flood of activity via players Twitter accounts announcing their travel plans, or their arrivals back in the town, after many of them spent the summer away from the area.
With July 2nd being the first day that the squad will have met formally since May, it's now time for Johnson to up their fitness levels, and to get the five players that have already signed blending in with existing practices. Johnson told BBC Somerset that he regarded this stage of the summer as being highly important for developing that way of working:
"We've got a nice little programme for them, and we've got something that we think they'll enjoy whilst they're getting fit. But the main thing is that you've got to get a team spirit straight away. You've got to get a team philosophy, your club philosophy, and they've all got to buy into it.
"What you're going to do during that first couple of weeks is going to be very very important to make sure that they can't opt out later. They've got to buy into it, go with it, and make sure that - as I always say - the first few games are very very important to your League campaign."
Doubtless there will be a few new faces that haven't previously appeared on the radar. One of those that appears to be down in Yeovil is former Watford winger/striker Lewis Young. He is the 22 year old younger brother of Manchester United and England winger Ashley Young.
Lewis played under Gary Johnson at Northampton Town last season, but was released by the Cobblers, having made 34 appearances during the 2011-12 season. He has also played for Hereford United, Burton Albion and Forest Green Rovers.
One of the players relatives last night tweeted that they had bumped into the 'younger brother' of Ashley Young last night, whilst visiting Yeovil. Young Snr has two brothers, of which the other is Arsenal's Kyle Young, though as he is seven years younger than Lewis, that one is unlikely, particularly given Lewis has worked under Johnson before.
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