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💪 Moore | "As players, we all want to get out there and compete"

Royals captain reflects on a return to training and how he has used lockdown to prepare himself for a nine game mini-season...

28 May 2020

The Royals are back at Bearwood this week and training together, albeit in small groups, over staggered times and without contact throughout each sunny day spent at the new training facility.

"I have really missed training, I’ve not seen the boys for such a long time and it’s been difficult," skipper Liam Moore said after a morning session in the pristine pitches at Bearwood.

"People who have been in a first team dressing room will know all about the banter that goes on and the environment we all work in, so to be away from that for two months, it’s been hard.

"But we’re slowly coming back into Bearwood now, in small groups. And hopefully we’ll get some good news as the days go on and we will be back together as a larger group full-time soon.

"I have done a couple of Q&A sessions over the last eight weeks and people always ask what I have missed during lockdown. And my answer is that it’s the competitive side. As players, we all want to get out there and compete. And hopefully win some games.

"At the moment it is a bit like pre-season but we’ve all had training plans to follow throughout this period. We don’t see everybody as we’re all still in small groups, but the manager has said that all the players have come back in pretty good shape.

"Judging by the four players I’ve been able to train with this week, the tempo looks good. So hopefully when we do get the nod to go into contact training, we can really step it up a gear.

"Then moving into the games all being well, it’s just about getting a good start. This would be a mini-season and it’s been said many times before that there are going to be some strange results with what has gone on.

"So why can’t we be the team to start off well and put ourselves in a position, just to see what we can do. We have got to be positive and hit it head on."

Moore has been spending a lot of lockdown in Nottingham where he has been able to work hard in his in-laws' gym but also spend valuable family time with his nearest and dearest.

"To be honest with you, I have really enjoyed it. It has been a nice break. In the normal off-seasons, you get maybe four or five weeks and then you’re straight into running.

"Before you know it the time has gone – but this has been a good period of time to spend with my family and also to get some good work in.

"It feels like it has been season, then another season, then another season of late, so this has been a welcome chance to rest and recover.

"I've been able to work on a few different areas, and I've strengthened up the injured areas and I feel ready, good to go."

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