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Blues in Ireland - day two

Posted: Mon 07 Jul 2014
Author: Andy Walker

The hard work resumed for Lee Clark's Blues squad on day two of their stay at the Fota Island Resort in Cork.

After a rest day on Sunday, all 24 players headed for the on site training pitches, a five minute walk or two minute cycle from the hotel, for an 11am start on Monday morning and a follow up afternoon session from 3pm onwards.

As will be the case throughout this six day stay, club photographer Roy Smiljanic was on hand to capture the lads being put through their paces (see above) but not before watching a new BluesTV feature in the making. Skipper Paul Robinson will turn interviewer for a new 'Robbo meets..' feature during this stay and new signing Mark Duffy was first in the hot seat. Head over to our official YouTube channel HERE to see that and a video round up from the first day of training. 

Gone are the days when the opening weeks of pre-season are all about running, running and some more running. So it was no surprise to see the bag of balls out following the warm up drill lead by club sports scientist Tom Page - while goalkeepers Darren Randolph and Colin Doyle were put to the text by John Vaughan on a separate pitch.

Possession seemed to be the key during a series of small-sided sessions with a handful of Blues fans and local media also watching on. 

With attention turning to Tuesday night's game against Cork City - a fixture billed as 'the battle of the second cities' by local radio station 96FM - Corkman Colin Doyle and the Blues boss were on interview duty once the morning session of training had finished.

Cork, nicknamed the Rebel Army, are in fine form at the moment and a 0-0 draw away at Sligo Rovers on Sunday night saw them go joint top of the SSE Airtricity League with Dundalk. It's come of the back of a run of form that has seen John Caufield's side lose just two of their last 16 fixtures in all competitions. 

As well as the only fixture of this trip to Ireland, Tuesday will be a significant day for the club with the 2014/15 home, away and third kits being revealed across the course of the day. Filming for a series of kit promo videos have been underway during the last few days at Fota Island so stay tuned for those! 

Once again, you can stay on top of all the latest news and chatter by following the #bluesinireland hashtag on Twitter and don't forget to send us your pictures if you're heading over. 

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