The Royals travelled to their training camp on the Spanish mainland on Tuesday morning, beginning a spell of time in each other’s company where the team will be getting some hard work done in preparation for the busy run of games upcoming.
Hours after landing on the continent, the boys were already involved in their first training session as the intensive sessions began – long-term benefits are the order of the day.
“We’ve come out here for a change of scene – there’s no game this Saturday and we aren’t playing until the following Tuesday, so we’ve got a couple of extra training days,” said manager Jaap Stam.
“We are here for some good training sessions, to have meetings with the players to talk about going forward. And we’ve already had our first training session – the pitch is very good.
“They players know each other, but not necessarily all of their ins and outs! You want them all to mix together and get to know each other better, and these training camps are ideal and the circumstances are good for us to do what we need to do.
“You always want to play games, but if you aren’t playing games then you need to find reasons to trigger the players and to get spirits up for the players and to bond. When we’re over here, the players need to stick together, and work together. We’ll be working to get things straight for the next set of games.
“Of course, we’re looking at the first game that we need to be playing. The camp isn’t just for that game but it’s also for the long-term benefits. But we’ll be working towards that game against Nottingham Forest as well.”