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Stam sets out his pre-season priorities

Jaap on the action that is about to begin...

3 July 2017

Pre-season action gets underway this weekend with a double header against Ian Holloway’s QPR side played behind closed doors at Hogwood Park on Saturday.

And the Royals boss is ready for the first step in four weeks of preparation ahead of a meeting against the same side at Loftus Road on the opening weekend of the Championship.

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“QPR this weekend is about getting minutes against a team of a certain level,” Stam explained.

“This will be an early chance for the players to get into a rhythm again, get fit, get used to playing against a certain style of play against a good team.

“That’s what we’ll try to achieve in all the pre-season games – we need to set the standards of what we want to achieve. These games will be about performing, doing well - but getting fit.”

After two games against Rangers, the Royals’ next action will come on foreign shores as Stam leads his team back to Holland for four games against cosmopolitan opponents out in Oosterbeek and Arnhem.

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“It’s a great to have a trip and go back to Holland – not because we’re Dutch and we like to go back home, but because the climate over there is good to train in…it’s similar to what we have over here in the UK.

“It’ll be good to be together as a squad as well – everybody gets to know each other even more.

“We’ll have a lot of meetings over there, talks about how we want to play, what we want to do throughout the season, and we’ll plan training sessions working on that so everybody becomes familiar with all that we need to do

"Hopefully these games are the start of another very good season.”

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