Troy Deeney: Good to see the boys

Troy Deeney: Good to see the boys

Troy Deeney is looking forward to strengthening the bonds within Blues' squad during pre-season.

The work building up to the 2022/23 campaign started on Monday 20 June, with the First Team undergoing initial testing supported by Club Staff.

This took place at Coventry University and was overseen by the institute's Sports and Exercise Science professionals.

It was a return to a familiar facility for Birmingham City, as all players were put through their paces by partaking in a number of strength and stamina tests in the University's elite laboratory.

Troy Deeney and Head of Physical Performance, Sean Rush.

Troy Deeney and Head of Physical Performance, Sean Rush.

Stage one in the pre-season schedule also saw teammates reunite following the conclusion of their break, serving as a chance for them to recapture and build upon their working relationships ahead of the Sky Bet Championship starting at the end of July - a fact not lost on the Club Captain.

Deeney, speaking to BCFC.com, was keen to stress the importance of bonding as a group over the next few weeks and how he is looking forward to his first full pre-season at Blues.

“There’s a lot of a new people, the lads that have been out on loan, so it’s good to introduce myself to them.

“There’s a lot of noise outside about what’s going on, so we are just trying to concentrate on our job and make this group as strong as possible.

Troy Deeney and Lukas Jutkiewicz take on instruction at Coventry University.

Troy Deeney and Lukas Jutkiewicz take on instruction at Coventry University.

“For me it is massive. I think that was a big part of the problem last year. I was playing catch-up all the time. All these six weeks now are designed to prepare you for a certain style of football, shape and format. 

“And now I know the boys better. Especially with the trip to Portugal coming up, that is where we can really unite the group and make sure everyone is on it together. I am looking forward to it.”

The frontman went on to put some meat on the bones regarding the activities completed on day one and his influence on the squad.

“It’s never good to be back [laughs], it’s testing as you see and it is high intensity – putting you through your paces. It is good to see the boys and be back in the mix.

Troy Deeney undergoes initial testing.

Troy Deeney undergoes initial testing.

“This is group testing. You will get some lads who can run in a straight line really easily, for myself it was more – after having a few niggling injuries in the last few years – it was about keeping on top of that and football-specific stuff.

“It is a new generation, isn’t it? You have got Odin [Bailey] over there on the running. It will be interesting to see and hopefully, I can guide some of these young lads after their experience of being out and about."