Will fitness regime allow Boston United to hit the ground running?

Zak Mills and Carl Piergianni have put their bodies on the line for United this season. But the club hopes both will be back in top condition.
Zak Mills and Carl Piergianni have put their bodies on the line for United this season. But the club hopes both will be back in top condition.
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Dennis Greene has told his Boston United squad that he expects them to report back from pre-season training in tip-top condition.

The Pilgrims boss and assistant Martyn Bunce have already delivered a summer fitness plan to each member of the team - outlining what is expected of them each week during the close season.

Mark Jones.

Mark Jones.

“We’ve already got a plan in place for pre-season,” Greene said.

“We’ve given all the players their papers with a routine of work we want them to do during their time off, and what targets we are setting them during the summer.

“We want the team to be in the best shape they can be when the season comes around.”

United’s walking wounded certainly put their bodies on the line for the club last season.

Thirty-goal top-scorer Dayle Southwell, who had a hernia operation last week, was among the handful of squad members playing through the pain barier as the club surged to a third-place finish in the Vanarama North last season.

Both Southwell and strike partner Mark Jones, who picked up a back injury, didn’t train for the final few weeks of the campaign - as they needed to let their bodies rest after match days.

Defender Zak Mills went through a similar process after collecting an Achilles injury, while Jake Sheridan and Jamie McGhee also found themselves sidelined before the final play-off push.

Despite those valiant efforts, the Pilgrims are keen to avoid any further long-term injuries.

And Greene believes his players will be onside with the regimes, even though the previous campaign is barely over.

“I’m sure they’re not too upset,” he laughed.

“At this stage it’s mostly swimming and stretching and general fitness - the stuff that will keep them ticking over nicely.

“We also want them to get plenty of rest so they will all be at a premium when they report back.”

Last season’s fitness regimes certainly didn’t do the squad any harm as United began their league campaign with three straight victories against eventual champions Barrow, Brackley Town and Colwyn Bay.

In fact, United were only beaten once in their opening seven league fixtures.

And a similar start would also put the Pilgrims in good stead for the remainder of the upcoming campaign.