Stenhousemuir take first steps toward new season

PIC, Gary Hutchison, 15th June 2013. CAMELON, Stirling Road pitches, Stenhousemuir pre-season training. First Session.
PIC, Gary Hutchison, 15th June 2013. CAMELON, Stirling Road pitches, Stenhousemuir pre-season training. First Session.
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Stenhousemuir’s players returned to the club in good condition for the first pre-season session, according to manager Martyn Corrigan

The players were given ball-work in the second half of their double session on Saturday, after a morning of fitness exercises at Stirling Road.

Similar awaits them this week too, but Corrigan insists it will be soon all about ball-work and tactics with a game against Craigroystoncoming a week on Saturday and kicking off a series of friendly matches in the run up to the new season.

“We’re a football club, not a runnign club,” Corrigan told The Falkirk Herald, echoing regular complaints of players past about the pre-season slog.But the good summer conditioning of the players has meant ball-work comes quicker for the Warriors.

“I don’t think you could survive in modern football without keeping yourself in a decent condition over the close season. Those days are gone I think.

“The guys have all come back in good shape. They were two good sessions on Saturday and we got the ball out on the Ochilview pitch in the afternoon - that’s what the players want.

“That’s the incentive for them to stay in shape knowing that when they get back there will be ball work and game related scenarios, not just jogging and running to get them back into condition.

“We want to work on game-related fitness so that’s why we’re starting so early with the game against Craigroyston. That’s what will be beneficial to us.”

New signings Eddie Malone, David Rowson and goalkeeper Chris Smith were at the Saturday sessions, and more Warriors from last term are expected to arrive tonight after their close-season breaks.

The club have officially announced their signings and those of Salim Kouider-Assis, Sean Lynch and Nicky Devlin from Motherwell.

The Warriors may bring in a handful of further signings and the manager is hopeful one or two could be added by the weekend, but was remaining tight-lipped.

“We had a lot of the young players with us and they’ll be back at the weekend because that helps their development and you never know when they’ll be needed through the season - they are part of the club and could have a part to play at some stage.”