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Ferdinand on pre-season & Thai friendly

7 July 2015

Defender aims to build up fitness

Anton Ferdinand is pleased to be building up fitness once again, and is looking forward to our upcoming friendly against the Speaking to TV out in Thailand as part of our pre-season tour, he said, "

Ferdinand played 45 minutes in a practice match this past weekend, and also spent time training with Chicago Fire over the summer to get himself in the best possible condition.

Thai Premier League All Stars, kick off 7pm local time on Wednesday [1pm UK time.] It's good to be back in Thailand, I nearly moved here last year but I ended up signing for a great club in Reading.

"Last year was up and down for me, not many games, injuries which is probably the first time for that, and the worst year for me in terms of injuries.

"This year I feel fit, and I feel ready to go."

The game takes place at the National Stadium in Bangkok, which has hosted the likes of Pele and Maradona in the past.

Anton said, "To play in a Stadium which has hosted those names, it's an honour. I'm looking forward to seeing fans come out for the game.

"I know what the culture is like here for that, so for some of our young boys to see how fanatic the supporters are will be good for them.

"We'd like anyone watching to enjoy it, we're a new team building something. Come and enjoy it, both teams will want to win.

"It's about fitness, our main aim is to be fit for the start of the season. But we're professionals who don't like losing so we want to win."

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