swansea’s routledge: spain camp ‘a good base to go forward’

08:29    08 Jul 2019

Wayne Routledge
Swansea City veteran Wayne Routledge says the club’s pre-season training camp in Spain has given them “a good base to go forward”.

With the start of the 2019/20 EFL Championship less than four weeks away, Routledge is in the midst of his ninth pre-season with the Swans after his move from Newcastle United back in 2011.

After finishing last season in fine form, the 34-year-old continued where he left off by scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Mansfield Town in Portugal.

“Pre-season is always important, and it was nice to get off to a good start in our first friendly game,’’ Routledge told his club’s official website.

“We’ve had a good week physically and tactically, so to round it off with a win is a good way of finishing it.

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“It was extremely warm out there and the pitch was difficult, but you don’t expect any different out here. It’s about getting minutes under your belt.’’

Routledge added, “It has 100 per cent been a worthwhile trip, especially for everyone to get to know each other.

“We have a new manager [Steve Cooper] and coaching staff, so for everyone to start bonding and understanding what each individual is about is crucial to the process of what we are going to be doing in the forthcoming season.

“The manager definitely has an idea of how he wants us to play and I think the boys have responded to it. The training has been very good; very tactical but physically good as well on the legs. I think it’s given us a good base to go forward.

“With the turnover in players at the club in the last few years, everybody is learning, including the young ones coming up as well.

“We’ve all got to learn and grow together. If we can do that, together with the great base we are building, then it gives us the platform for the future.”

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