Preston North End’s David Nugent has told the club website that the team are fit again though going through a second pre-season was horrible!

The Sky Bet Championship season has been suspended since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic but things are getting closer to returning. As part of a potential return to action, teams returned to training at the start of the week. This is a very different sort of training though as social distancing applies, meaning strict rules such as only doing it in phased groups and leaving as soon as you finish training.

Nugent has remarked that because of the space between the last match and the likely date of the next match, it has been like another pre-season, something that is horrible for someone becoming a veteran like himself! But he has remarked that the team are very fit because of the good work of the coaching staff and are ready for a return to football.

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Nugent said: “I need to now; as you get older, you tend to look after your body more!

“When I was younger I used to just turn up and starting running, but now I am an older pro, I have to keep my legs moving, I have to keep my legs moving in the summer – or at times like this – I have to keep on top of it and try and be as ready as possible.

“It is horrible [having two pre-seasons]! I wasn’t expecting to have to do two pre-seasons, but with everything that has been going on, the fitness staff have given us a programme to do while we have been away and it has helped a lot.

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“Tom Little deserves a lot of praise for what he has done for us; he has kept us in tip top shape, because we have all come back in great condition. No one has moaned, everyone has got on with it and it is nice to see a football again after two months.

“It has been nice to get back to the training ground, training in small groups, seeing some familiar faces and having that banter on the training pitch again. The lads have been excellent – we have been keeping our distance, coming in at half hour intervals between in group, so it is nice everyone is there working hard, but we also can’t wait for the games to be underway.”

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