Blackburn Rovers players have reported back to training in 'fantastic shape'

New boys Chris Brown and Luke Varney at pre-season training

New boys Chris Brown and Luke Varney at pre-season training

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

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says his players have returned to pre-season training in ‘fantastic shape’.

After coming through two days of rigorous fitness examinations – including the yo-yo test, a variation on the bleep test – the Rovers squad were yesterday allowed out on to the pristine Brockhall pitches for the first time.

And their manager insists it is reward for the discipline and dedication they have shown over the close season.

Bowyer said: “Credit to the lads, they’ve come back in fantastic shape.

“They’ve done two days of testing and now we’re straight into the football because of the condition they’ve come back in.

“Players look after themselves far better than what they used to. They are all given programmes to follow throughout the close season and once they come back, we test them.

“Everything was up to date so we were able to get quickly into the football, which was great.

“There’s a really good feeling about the place and the comparison to 12 months ago is massive.”

Rovers head of sports medicine Dave Fevre, now in his 16th pre-season with the club, added: “The first few days are a bit of a blur as we get things sorted out.

“The first job is screening all the players. We do this so if a player gets injured during the campaign then we know what they were like at the start of pre-season.

“We also have new players coming in and it gives us an idea of what they are like.

“Almost everyone has come back injury-free so we are delighted about that.”

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12:45pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Excellent, let's see what a difference a full pre season with a settled squad makes. We were in turmoil this time last season so really looking forward to it this time.......
Excellent, let's see what a difference a full pre season with a settled squad makes. We were in turmoil this time last season so really looking forward to it this time....... Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 23

12:48pm Sat 5 Jul 14

RoversSwiss says...

Players report back in super condition, better than expected season ticket sales, deadwood leaving the club, young team with a great team spirit and very exciting attacking potential, the administration of the club now seems excellent with fans being considered in every decision, I like the manager - hard working and intelligent - anyone else think it's all too good to be true? Trying my best to be optimistic for the new season, but sorry don't like this over optimism, would prefer to have lower expectations and enjoy any success that may come our way, pride comes before a fall!
Players report back in super condition, better than expected season ticket sales, deadwood leaving the club, young team with a great team spirit and very exciting attacking potential, the administration of the club now seems excellent with fans being considered in every decision, I like the manager - hard working and intelligent - anyone else think it's all too good to be true? Trying my best to be optimistic for the new season, but sorry don't like this over optimism, would prefer to have lower expectations and enjoy any success that may come our way, pride comes before a fall! RoversSwiss
  • Score: 16

1:33pm Sat 5 Jul 14

A Darener says...

Come on RoversSwiss...Let's at least stay optimistic until the season starts. even I am fairly optimistic and that's a first!
Come on RoversSwiss...Let's at least stay optimistic until the season starts. even I am fairly optimistic and that's a first! A Darener
  • Score: 17

1:34pm Sat 5 Jul 14

MatthewCA says...

Relax players need three days to see the ball, So be cool.

Hope this year Rovers work together and build goood rapo with FANS too.

Any news with Rochina :))
Relax players need three days to see the ball, So be cool. Hope this year Rovers work together and build goood rapo with FANS too. Any news with Rochina :)) MatthewCA
  • Score: 9

7:28pm Sat 5 Jul 14

modan says...

Thanks to Venkys of Pune India they are are fully committed to the club and very ambitious about Blackburn Rovers FC .We want Blackburn Rovers back in Premier League as soon as possible. While season tickets sales is up and GB is going in right direction with signing of new players and some players moved on.
Our squad is looking good for this season likes of Rhodes Gestede King,Conway Cairney Evans Marshall Dunn Lowe Williamson Taylor Hanley Killgallon Brown Varney Robinson Eastwood and Kean.
Thanks to Venkys of Pune India they are are fully committed to the club and very ambitious about Blackburn Rovers FC .We want Blackburn Rovers back in Premier League as soon as possible. While season tickets sales is up and GB is going in right direction with signing of new players and some players moved on. Our squad is looking good for this season likes of Rhodes Gestede King,Conway Cairney Evans Marshall Dunn Lowe Williamson Taylor Hanley Killgallon Brown Varney Robinson Eastwood and Kean. modan
  • Score: -4

12:20am Sun 6 Jul 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Everything is looking good but just a thought......"follow
ing the payoffs for Goodwillie, Etuhu and Campbell could Derek Shaw stump up up a tenner to get rid of Dangerous David?
Everything is looking good but just a thought......"follow ing the payoffs for Goodwillie, Etuhu and Campbell could Derek Shaw stump up up a tenner to get rid of Dangerous David? Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 6

12:21am Sun 6 Jul 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Everything is looking good but just a thought......"follow
ing the payoffs for Goodwillie, Etuhu and Campbell could Derek Shaw stump up up a tenner to get rid of Dangerous David?
Everything is looking good but just a thought......"follow ing the payoffs for Goodwillie, Etuhu and Campbell could Derek Shaw stump up up a tenner to get rid of Dangerous David? Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 0

12:22am Sun 6 Jul 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Everything is looking good but just a thought......"follow
ing the payoffs for Goodwillie, Etuhu and Campbell could Derek Shaw stump up up a tenner to get rid of Dangerous David?
Everything is looking good but just a thought......"follow ing the payoffs for Goodwillie, Etuhu and Campbell could Derek Shaw stump up up a tenner to get rid of Dangerous David? Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 0

8:57am Sun 6 Jul 14

adcr says...

RoversSwiss wrote:
Players report back in super condition, better than expected season ticket sales, deadwood leaving the club, young team with a great team spirit and very exciting attacking potential, the administration of the club now seems excellent with fans being considered in every decision, I like the manager - hard working and intelligent - anyone else think it's all too good to be true? Trying my best to be optimistic for the new season, but sorry don't like this over optimism, would prefer to have lower expectations and enjoy any success that may come our way, pride comes before a fall!
We have a lot to look forward to, but I do tend to agree that we shouldn't be expecting too much to soon, we play all our promotion rivals in our opening games. If these games don't go our way, we need to stay calm and be patient.
[quote][p][bold]RoversSwiss[/bold] wrote: Players report back in super condition, better than expected season ticket sales, deadwood leaving the club, young team with a great team spirit and very exciting attacking potential, the administration of the club now seems excellent with fans being considered in every decision, I like the manager - hard working and intelligent - anyone else think it's all too good to be true? Trying my best to be optimistic for the new season, but sorry don't like this over optimism, would prefer to have lower expectations and enjoy any success that may come our way, pride comes before a fall![/p][/quote]We have a lot to look forward to, but I do tend to agree that we shouldn't be expecting too much to soon, we play all our promotion rivals in our opening games. If these games don't go our way, we need to stay calm and be patient. adcr
  • Score: 4

10:11am Sun 6 Jul 14

digitusjonfred says...

Brilliant to here about the PLAYERS !!
Brilliant to here about the PLAYERS !! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Sun 6 Jul 14

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

COYB bring the pride back to Ewood this season... Play for the shirt and make the fans proud... I'm excited for the season RTID
COYB bring the pride back to Ewood this season... Play for the shirt and make the fans proud... I'm excited for the season RTID BlackburnRoversFC f*****g hate burnley
  • Score: 3

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