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⏱️ Morrison | "We want to hit the ground running and make a good start, which will dictate what we are able to achieve"

Royals centre-back delighted to be back in training and stressing the importance of a good start to the final nine games...

1 June 2020

Our last competitive action came in the form of a fine victory away at Michael Morrison's old stomping ground...winning 3-1 at St Andrew's back on Saturday 7th March. Now our centre-half is looking forward to the prospect of more competitive football on the horizon...

"That win at Birmingham does seem like a long time ago," he said. "I don’t think anyone foresaw this happening, even when in that week ahead of Stoke City people were talking about games being postponed. It's been nearly three months and it’s been a difficult time for everyone.

"I’ve had my kids to keep me busy at home. And I’ve had some coaching coursework too. I’ve had a few Zoom chats, like most people, and I have a few businesses which I have had to look after as well – so I've been trawling through all that government policy along with so many others. So I’ve been busy – but I’ve missed being in training on a daily basis.

"Everybody has had to adapt and get used to a new lifestyle. And I think people will continue to have to adapt – it’s not going to be an overnight cure.

"In football, we’ve come back to training for example, but we’re only back in groups of five which is unusual, we're socially distancing in training, and then it will be back to a form of contact training – but it will be a staged return. We’re all trying to adapt whilst looking after ourselves physically and mentally.

"We were all given a programme to keep fit during this period – I managed to get some stuff from the club gym as well before the lockdown, so I had a few bits I could use in the garage.

"So inidividually, we’ve just tried to stick to our programmes and be as ready as possible. It’s a fine line between taking a bit of time off and keeping yourself ticking over. Hopefully we’ve all done that as best we can."

Morrison spoke to us after his small group had finished a session under the glaring sun at a beautiful Bearwood Park. "It’s nice to be at Bearwood and see how good it is," he continued.

"The pitches here are brilliant and luckily they’re all watered well and the surfaces have been brilliant to work on.

"The weather has been good and it’s been nice to be outside in the sunshine. We’re working hard, so it’s not been easy. But I’d rather be running in the sun than in the rain...that’s for sure."

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News over the weekend has proposed a potential restart date of Saturday 20th June for the Championship. Fingers are firmly crossed.

"It’s going to be a bit like a mini-tournament. The nine games will come thick and fast and you want to start as well as you can.

"Obviously we’ll fancy ourselves to go and win that first match back – we have worked hard over this period and we want to hit the ground running.

"And the start will dictate what we can achieve - over that first week, if you can go out and pick up some positive results, it’ll make a difference to what your targets are for the end of the season.

"So I think it’s a case of looking to hit the ground running and see where we can take it from there."


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