Posh - Robbo impressed by squad’s early start

Posh boss Dave Robertson.
Posh boss Dave Robertson.
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Posh boss Dave Robertson is thrilled with the attitude of his players even though pre-season training hasn’t started yet.

Many players have been visiting the club’s training ground at Nene Park Academy throughout the close season ahead of the squad’s official return date of June 29.

And that attitude impresses Robertson who is keen for Posh to hit the ground running when the League One season starts at Rochdale on August 8.

Robertson said: “It has been fantastic to see the players coming to work throughout the summer.

“Long gone are the days when players used to down tools for six to seven weeks in the off season. They have realised the need to maintain fitness levels so when they do come back for that first official day of pre-season training they hit the ground running.

“We will go into the first week of pre-season training in a very positive mood.

“We will assess the fitness levels of the players on day one and then we will have some base data to work on in the six weeks until the League One season starts.

“We have planned the pre-season fixtures meticulously and we have some good games against strong opposition that will help us get ready for August 8.

“We also have a few days in Ireland to look forward to.

“We will be staying at Carton House which is an unbelievable facility.

“We will be working hard out there of course, but it’s also a great opportunity to develop team spirit.

“The squad are already very close, but we will be looking to enhance that spirit while we are in Ireland.”

Posh leave for Ireland on Monday, July 13 and will spend several nights in their luxury hotel which is situated in Maynooth, County Kildare.

The five-star hotel is set in 1,100 acres of private parkland estate and boasts two championship-standard golf courses, a leisure centre with pool, spa, training pitches and tennis courts.

Posh have a friendly fixture in Belfast against Cliftonville - new striker Joe Gormley’s old club - on Wednesday, July 13

Robertson will make a decision soon on whether or not to take the transfer-listed players to Ireland, but unwanted players Kyle Vassell, Luke James, Shaun Brisley and Jack Payne are among those to have been seen at the training ground during the close season.

Posh director of football Barry Fry said: “The transfer listed players are among those to have displayed a great attitude since the end of last season.

“It’s been encouraging to see so many players voluntarily coming back early and to seem them working so hard.

“It’s up to those on the list to catch the eye of the manager while they are still at the club if they want to be involved in the first team.”

Central defender Jack Baldwin will spend four days at the FA’s facility at St George’s Park next week as he continues his recovery from a serious knee operation.

Baldwin, who is 22 next week, hasn’t played since suffering ligament damage on November 1. He has set a return date of October.