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Ed Franklin: "We've got a tremendous group who work for each other"

Head of Elite Performance praises squad for effort and togetherness

18 February 2018

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Reading's Head of Elite Performance, Ed Franklin, gave a positive assessment of the Royals' mid-season trip to Spain, which he hopes will provide a springboard for the rest of the season.

With two-thirds of the season gone, Franklin and his team are making sure the Royals are in peak condition to cope with the busy schedule that remains for the rest of the campaign.

With five days of hard work and tough training sessions under their belts in Spain, Franklin hopes they will be reaping the rewards for their continued endeavour with points on the pitch.

Speaking to iFollow, he said: "It's really important for us when we have these training camps, so we have time for really good, high intensity training when we've got this 10-day block.

"It gives us a great opportunity to get the work in, get a bit of fitness into the players and I think the key thing for this trip as well was the psychology of it.

"To be out here in this environment has been fantastic for the players to really get some work done.

"It's about togetherness, it's about working hard, being a team and it's about having the opportunity for the manager to have everyone together. Not just for training, but for 24 hours a day to really get united as a team and really drive on for the next 15 games.

"Let's get some points, let's drive on and let's do it right for the fans."

Franklin heaped praise on the players themselves for getting stuck in during this period without matches, and showing desire to get the results we need to push on.

"The players have been fantastic, they've really bought into it, as they have all season," he added. "We've got a tremendous group of hard-working players who are all working for each other, and that's certainly been the case this week.

"They've worked incredibly hard, it's a great opportunity for the players to take things on board and make training as intense as we want.

"We also made it as intense as I want from a fitness perspective to give us a good pocket of work that'll lead us into the next 15 games, and first and foremost Nottingham Forest on Tuesday."

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