Town players give thumbs up after first training sessions

Coaches Rick Addy and Mark Booth with players ahead of pre-season training
Coaches Rick Addy and Mark Booth with players ahead of pre-season training

BRIGHOUSE Town began pre-season training on Saturday at the Dual Seal Stadium under new manager Mick Couzens.

There was a good turnout for a two-hour session in the sun and 35 players reported back for two more hours on Tuesday night.

Couzens was assisted by Barry Thomas, Mark Booth, Rick Addy and Daz Laycock.

After Saturday’s looseners, and there will be no cross country or road running, Tuesday saw a coaching session from the manager and his team and the players enjoyed no boundaries two versus two-a-side kick soccer.

This is a game that Couzens picked up in Saudia Arabia where he worked and again when with Manchester United.

Striker Nathan Cartman said after the game that he really enjoyed working with the ball for two hours rather than doing runs, sprints and various exercises.

“All you could hear after the session on Tuesday was a lot of heavy breathing as the lads had really given their all to what we had asked of them,” said Couzens.

“We only have two weeks to our first competitive game, a home friendly on Tuesday, July 19, with Farsley Celtic and three days less to the in-house game I have arranged for the 16th.

“I am looking forward to that as I will then be able to assess as we mix and match the players to see what they really can do in the positions they profess to be best in.

“In the meantime thanks to my time in Saudia Arabia I have hundreds of drills to put the players through and keep it interesting and fresh, and I don’t need a manual to keep referring to.”

Couzens explained the reason behind him getting all the players signing medical forms.

“It’s a safety thing really that I have done everywhere I have been as you get to know the player’s past medical history on that form in case of anything happening to him in training or a match.

“You also get all his personal details of where he works, his previous Saturday and Sunday clubs and contact details.

“A prime example was on Tuesday when an 18-year-old joined us for the first time and when I picked his form up it said he had been released by Barnsley and was also before that with Sheffield Wednesday, and it could have been a few weeks down the line before we would have found that out,” he said.

Training continues again tonight (Thursday) and again Saturday (2.00pm) and supporters are more than welcome to go and watch.