Kevin Gallacher column: Team spirit crucial to Blackburn Rovers camp

This Is Lancashire: Rovers are set to return to pre-season training today but Dickson Etuhu and DJ Campbell will not be among the players reporting for duty after the club paid up the pair’s contracts Rovers are set to return to pre-season training today but Dickson Etuhu and DJ Campbell will not be among the players reporting for duty after the club paid up the pair’s contracts

IT was a good move by Blackburn to announce that Dickson Etuhu and DJ Campbell have left the club before training starts again today.

The first day of pre-season is a happy one, an exciting one.

So, as I wrote in my column last week, the last thing you need are players around the club who have been told they can leave.

As there is a chance they could upset the applecart and the way they carry themselves could rub off on other people.

I’m sure Gary Bowyer will want to keep the camaraderie that has developed between his players and the club deciding to cut their losses with Dickson, DJ and David Goodwillie should help with that.

Now all the focus is on the first day of pre-season.

As a player you are always excited.

You’ll have been keeping yourself ticking over, been on holiday and knocked around the house, but come early July you’re just itching to get back into everything again.

Don’t get me wrong there is a little bit of anxiety in there, too, because you know how hard it’s going to be in the first few weeks.

For the first season of my professional career, in Scotland, I never saw a ball for the first two weeks of pre-season training.

You name the type of running – long, short and everything in between – and we did it.

But when I came down to England it was different as I was running with the ball all the time.

And for me that’s the best way to do it because if there’s one thing you can guarantee, it’s that if you get a bunch of footballers together and they’ve not got a ball at their feet, they will moan.

But put a ball in front of them and they will run 10-15 miles with it, no problem.

So the common sense thing to do is give them a ball.

Another aspect of pre-season is getting to know the new faces in your squad and it is good that Gary has managed to bring a couple in as signings do keep you on your toes.

I’m sure there will be more new players to come but I’m not sure Rovers will have much money to play with as getting rid of Dickson, DJ and David will not have come cheap.

So you’ve got to hope that Gary can trawl the market and come up with some good catches again for little money, like he did with winger Craig Conway and striker Rudy Gestede.

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5:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

dallydally says...

All a bit obvious Gally!
All a bit obvious Gally! dallydally
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6:50pm Wed 2 Jul 14

BlueSkies says...

Good to remove the deadwood. Imperative to have everybody focused
on the main objective, not easy to deal with super-inflated egos.
Good to remove the deadwood. Imperative to have everybody focused on the main objective, not easy to deal with super-inflated egos. BlueSkies
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Hovis1945 says...

Unfortunately Leon Best seems to have the wrong attitiude with his sulking and social media aberrations but he stands out as the bad apple in the barrel to me!
Unfortunately Leon Best seems to have the wrong attitiude with his sulking and social media aberrations but he stands out as the bad apple in the barrel to me! Hovis1945
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8:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

accylongside says...

They might not be there, at pre season training. But they are still getting their huge salaries. I was going to ask was the excessively early return to pre season training part of a no dad cunning plan. Then I remembered that the chumpionship always starts very early. Premier league teams get a bit longer of a break.
They might not be there, at pre season training. But they are still getting their huge salaries. I was going to ask was the excessively early return to pre season training part of a no dad cunning plan. Then I remembered that the chumpionship always starts very early. Premier league teams get a bit longer of a break. accylongside
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9:59pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

FFP is warming up on the touchline.
FFP is warming up on the touchline. Super Claret
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8:06am Thu 3 Jul 14

jack went up says...

Super Claret wrote:
FFP is warming up on the touchline.
Any actual football insights for us...... no thought not, stick to the tennis more your thing
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: FFP is warming up on the touchline.[/p][/quote]Any actual football insights for us...... no thought not, stick to the tennis more your thing jack went up
  • Score: 3

10:31am Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

FFP is stripping off ready for action.
FFP is stripping off ready for action. Super Claret
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12:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

wolsty says...

Super Claret wrote:
FFP is stripping off ready for action.
I would keep an eye on Southampton and Newcastle if I was you?? Ings not signed yet ?? seems only a short time before they put there bids in ?
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: FFP is stripping off ready for action.[/p][/quote]I would keep an eye on Southampton and Newcastle if I was you?? Ings not signed yet ?? seems only a short time before they put there bids in ? wolsty
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