Reid: Burnley will be one of fittest teams in Premier

Steven Reid

Steven Reid

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

STEVEN Reid thinks Burnley will be one of the fittest teams in the Premier League after a gruelling training camp ahead of tomorrow’s opening pre-season match in Austria.

The Clarets, who play FC Grossklein tomorrow at 4pm British time, were known as arguably the fittest team in the Championship last season as they secured promotion to the top flight.

Many players said the work they did in pre-season paved the way for that success, with a training camp in Ireland featuring a particularly arduous day including tyre lifting.

The squad have undergone similarly testing activities this week in Austria when Dyche again reserved one particular day for the most difficult fitness work, with hill running in the summer heat among the tasks.

Burnley new boy Reid says it was one of the toughest days in his 16 years as a professional.

“Wednesday was a really tough day, the gaffer’s day, the toughest one I’ve had for a really long time,” said the 33-year-old, who has arrived from West Bromwich Albion.

“It was a mixture of individual and team events. You’ve got to pull people through when lads are struggling.

“It’s about getting your head down and having that mental strength and toughness to get through the session, but when you finish it off you’re buzzing that you’ve done it.

“It’s tough but it’s really worthwhile and it gets that team bond going.

“The lads had been talking about it since the start of pre-season, I think it was one of the focus points of last pre-season - the team bonding that went on, including that session.

“The lads saw the rewards that they got last season, so there’s no reason why we can’t replicate that this season.

“There’s no doubt we’re going to be one of the fittest teams in the league, that’s for sure, and that can go a long way to getting results in the Premier League.

“If you’re the fittest in the league and you’re well organised, you’ve got half a chance of having a successful season.

“I think that’s going to be the case.”

Reid, who is set to make his Burnley debut tomorrow along with Lukas Jutkiewicz, Matt Taylor, Marvin Sordell and Matt Gilks, previously worked with the Clarets’ head of sports science Mark Howard at Blackburn Rovers.

“I worked with him for a couple of seasons at Blackburn when I was going through a lot of rehab with my knee injuries,” Reid said.

“He was a big part of my fitness work and I know how good he is. It’s great that he’s here and all the lads speak really highly of him.

“I know the gaffer values his opinion as well. He was obviously a big part of the physical conditioning of the lads last season and I’ve seen that first hand in the last 10 days.

“Obviously the training for the first 10 to 12 days is the lead-in to the games and then you start getting your match fitness.

“After tomorrow the pre-season games come thick and fast, so we’re looking forward to getting the first game under our belts.”

Burnley open their campaign live in front of the Sky Sports cameras at home to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on Monday, August 18.

The Clarets’ team bonding continued this week with an initiation ceremony for the new arrivals.

“I’m settling in well,” Reid said. “We did our initiation songs, which I think went pretty well.

“There were five of us which makes it a little bit easier, it’s part and parcel of team bonding and one or two were better than others!

“I went for an old classic, a bit of Otis Redding, it was more for the senior members of the team like Duffo and Matty Taylor, I don’t think most of the younger ones knew the song!

“Ultimately we’re focused on that first game of the season against Chelsea and hopefully getting off to a decent start.

“Hopefully we can start well tomorrow and have a really good pre-season in terms of results, performances wise and fitness.

“Then hopefully we’ll get off to a flyer.”

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11:06am Sat 19 Jul 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom, ReluctantNicko
  • Score: 5

11:51am Sat 19 Jul 14

A Darener says...

It's not that they push their fitness level higher than any other team, it is that Reid is now an old man in footballing terms, plagued by injuries so feels the strain more than most. But he could be a good acquisition to bring the youngsters on. Always rated him at Rovers but too injury prone.
It's not that they push their fitness level higher than any other team, it is that Reid is now an old man in footballing terms, plagued by injuries so feels the strain more than most. But he could be a good acquisition to bring the youngsters on. Always rated him at Rovers but too injury prone. A Darener
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Fartonadingleshead says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
Rovers obsessed!!!
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]Rovers obsessed!!! Fartonadingleshead
  • Score: -2

1:06pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Oz Rover says...

lololol as if no other team is working as hard or much much harder. Not to mention the old **** can't handle the hard graft anymore so no doubt it's not anywhere near as hard as what he actually thinks it is.
lololol as if no other team is working as hard or much much harder. Not to mention the old **** can't handle the hard graft anymore so no doubt it's not anywhere near as hard as what he actually thinks it is. Oz Rover
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Tatts says...

Fittest? Try swapping the f with sh
Fittest? Try swapping the f with sh Tatts
  • Score: 4

1:22pm Sat 19 Jul 14

tall in the saddle says...

Tatts wrote:
Fittest? Try swapping the f with sh
Burnley the fittest in the PL and Blackburn the Fattest in the Championship. Good on you pluckers.
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Fittest? Try swapping the f with sh[/p][/quote]Burnley the fittest in the PL and Blackburn the Fattest in the Championship. Good on you pluckers. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 1

1:26pm Sat 19 Jul 14

tall in the saddle says...

Tatts wrote:
Fittest? Try swapping the f with sh
Maybe you could put a W in your name and delete the S
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Fittest? Try swapping the f with sh[/p][/quote]Maybe you could put a W in your name and delete the S tall in the saddle
  • Score: 8

1:45pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Claretcert says...

Oz Rover wrote:
lololol as if no other team is working as hard or much much harder. Not to mention the old **** can't handle the hard graft anymore so no doubt it's not anywhere near as hard as what he actually thinks it is.
Pro football is as much a science as a sport now. I think the guy is saying how good the regime is and how professional the set up is. But don't let the facts get in the way. Just barf up your usual witless bile and get back to being Mr Dim all day. Run along now dumbo.
[quote][p][bold]Oz Rover[/bold] wrote: lololol as if no other team is working as hard or much much harder. Not to mention the old **** can't handle the hard graft anymore so no doubt it's not anywhere near as hard as what he actually thinks it is.[/p][/quote]Pro football is as much a science as a sport now. I think the guy is saying how good the regime is and how professional the set up is. But don't let the facts get in the way. Just barf up your usual witless bile and get back to being Mr Dim all day. Run along now dumbo. Claretcert
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Sat 19 Jul 14

wolsty says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
You lot will have to be fit?? WHY cus you will be running around like headless chickens
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]You lot will have to be fit?? WHY cus you will be running around like headless chickens wolsty
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Rob_H2O says...

wolsty wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
You lot will have to be fit?? WHY cus you will be running around like headless chickens
My my. So witty, so novel and so original. We all know you can't even breath unaided so did you get your half witted bum pal to write it for you?
[quote][p][bold]wolsty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]You lot will have to be fit?? WHY cus you will be running around like headless chickens[/p][/quote]My my. So witty, so novel and so original. We all know you can't even breath unaided so did you get your half witted bum pal to write it for you? Rob_H2O
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Sat 19 Jul 14

wolsty says...

Rob_H2O wrote:
wolsty wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
You lot will have to be fit?? WHY cus you will be running around like headless chickens
My my. So witty, so novel and so original. We all know you can't even breath unaided so did you get your half witted bum pal to write it for you?
Also liked what old Reid said hope to get off to a flyer,only thing you lot will be flying,is back down to relegation point??
[quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wolsty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]You lot will have to be fit?? WHY cus you will be running around like headless chickens[/p][/quote]My my. So witty, so novel and so original. We all know you can't even breath unaided so did you get your half witted bum pal to write it for you?[/p][/quote]Also liked what old Reid said hope to get off to a flyer,only thing you lot will be flying,is back down to relegation point?? wolsty
  • Score: -1

4:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4BurnIey says...

I think they have a better chance of staying up than we do. The only way is down with Bowyer and his League 1 signings.
I think they have a better chance of staying up than we do. The only way is down with Bowyer and his League 1 signings. AnotherPounding4BurnIey
  • Score: -9

4:42pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Claretcert says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
Iey
wrote:
I think they have a better chance of staying up than we do. The only way is down with Bowyer and his League 1 signings.
As if we care for your views on Burnley or the festering mess down the road. Your predictions are 100% nonsense and your support for your own vlt looks as weak as your mental state. Go and bite yourself for half an hour and try not to type anything while doing it you weird person.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn Iey[/bold] wrote: I think they have a better chance of staying up than we do. The only way is down with Bowyer and his League 1 signings.[/p][/quote]As if we care for your views on Burnley or the festering mess down the road. Your predictions are 100% nonsense and your support for your own vlt looks as weak as your mental state. Go and bite yourself for half an hour and try not to type anything while doing it you weird person. Claretcert
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Sat 19 Jul 14

wolsty says...

Claretcert wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

Iey
wrote:
I think they have a better chance of staying up than we do. The only way is down with Bowyer and his League 1 signings.
As if we care for your views on Burnley or the festering mess down the road. Your predictions are 100% nonsense and your support for your own vlt looks as weak as your mental state. Go and bite yourself for half an hour and try not to type anything while doing it you weird person.
Hot news Burnley 1/2 for relegation thought you would like to know,every little helps as they say???
[quote][p][bold]Claretcert[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn Iey[/bold] wrote: I think they have a better chance of staying up than we do. The only way is down with Bowyer and his League 1 signings.[/p][/quote]As if we care for your views on Burnley or the festering mess down the road. Your predictions are 100% nonsense and your support for your own vlt looks as weak as your mental state. Go and bite yourself for half an hour and try not to type anything while doing it you weird person.[/p][/quote]Hot news Burnley 1/2 for relegation thought you would like to know,every little helps as they say??? wolsty
  • Score: -5

6:50pm Sat 19 Jul 14

BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
Haha all players say stuff like that when they join new clubs.... You'll find out how fit they are when the season starts.
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]Haha all players say stuff like that when they join new clubs.... You'll find out how fit they are when the season starts. BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Rob_H2O says...

BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
Haha all players say stuff like that when they join new clubs.... You'll find out how fit they are when the season starts.
Classy ID and cutting use of English too. My, aren't you a find.
[quote][p][bold]BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]Haha all players say stuff like that when they join new clubs.... You'll find out how fit they are when the season starts.[/p][/quote]Classy ID and cutting use of English too. My, aren't you a find. Rob_H2O
  • Score: 3

10:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Carl 12 says...

Fartonadingleshead wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
Rovers obsessed!!!
From the man who's childish user name is about Burnley.
[quote][p][bold]Fartonadingleshead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]Rovers obsessed!!![/p][/quote]From the man who's childish user name is about Burnley. Carl 12
  • Score: 4

11:17pm Sat 19 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

l wonder why they think they are one of the fittest in the prem ? is it because the euphoria of promotion has given them a false sense of security?. The statement is somewhat premature don,t you think ?.
l wonder why they think they are one of the fittest in the prem ? is it because the euphoria of promotion has given them a false sense of security?. The statement is somewhat premature don,t you think ?. noddy57
  • Score: -4

11:22pm Sat 19 Jul 14

digitusjonfred says...

Has this guy been fit in the last 10 years ??
Has this guy been fit in the last 10 years ?? digitusjonfred
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Sun 20 Jul 14

will12 says...

The fixation that some people from down the road have about our relegation is unbelievable !!!!

Maybe a distraction from your own plight but hey, who cares !!!

The Clarets are in the PL and £120M, and if we are relegated, that £120M will go along way to getting us back up !!

But we are there and will enjoy the ride, no matter how long it lasts !!!

You know, I just get the feeling that them down't road must all be all left wingers as well, because no matter what the facts are, they just keep shouting the same carp, and when someone shows signs of getting the better of the debate, they just shout louder !!!!!!

And just like this Country, the Club is in a total mess because when the truth is spoken, it hurts so much they have to shout even louder !!!
The fixation that some people from down the road have about our relegation is unbelievable !!!! Maybe a distraction from your own plight but hey, who cares !!! The Clarets are in the PL and £120M, and if we are relegated, that £120M will go along way to getting us back up !! But we are there and will enjoy the ride, no matter how long it lasts !!! You know, I just get the feeling that them down't road must all be all left wingers as well, because no matter what the facts are, they just keep shouting the same carp, and when someone shows signs of getting the better of the debate, they just shout louder !!!!!! And just like this Country, the Club is in a total mess because when the truth is spoken, it hurts so much they have to shout even louder !!! will12
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Sun 20 Jul 14

BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley says...

Rob_H2O wrote:
BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote:
Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL..

Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,
Haha all players say stuff like that when they join new clubs.... You'll find out how fit they are when the season starts.
Classy ID and cutting use of English too. My, aren't you a find.
I'm glad you like it
[quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Good article - nice to see Burnley will be one of the fittest if not the FITTEST team in the PL.. Reid should know aged 33....nice to know Burnley push their players harder than Rovers or West Brom,[/p][/quote]Haha all players say stuff like that when they join new clubs.... You'll find out how fit they are when the season starts.[/p][/quote]Classy ID and cutting use of English too. My, aren't you a find.[/p][/quote]I'm glad you like it BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley
  • Score: -2

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