Date: 10th July 2016 at 7:18pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has reflected on what he feels has been a good week of pre season training for the Brighton players, and he spoke about being pleased with the summer’s dealings so far.

Having headed out to Tenerife for the training camp, Hughton told the Official Site that everything so far had gone as well as he hoped it would.

‘The first thing that we look for when we go away is the facilities, how good the good pitch is, and making sure we get a lot of the hard work done before we get back to the training ground. They`ve (facilities) been excellent here. It always gives encouragement to the players to want to work harder. They`re a good group of players and other than the additions of Glenn Murray, Steve Sidwell and the four of the young lads that are with us, they`re a group that very much knows each other and it`s been very comfortable so far. At the moment it`s gone very well. What we have experienced here is certainly what we expected.’

Speaking about the schedule that had been planned for the players, he confirmed that there was an in house friendly planned for Saturday that would see young goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, full-back Rob Hunt, defender Tom Dallison and wide man Henrik Bjordal all feature.

‘We arrived on Sunday, so in effect we`ll have six days training. On the sixth day, which is a Saturday, we`ll finish with an in-house game, where we`ve got plenty of numbers here to that. In these five days beforehand, on four of them, we`ll do three sessions. The first session is at seven in the morning, and that will be a mixture of either being in the pool, doing some running or work on the bikes. The two other sessions will mostly take place outdoors, but amongst that there will be two or three gym sessions. It`s a fairly heavy week and generally by the end of it, the players will be very conscious that they`ve had a tough week.’

He also spoke about the appointment of Bruno as our new official skipper for the year ahead.

‘It was quite an easy one I have to admit, just because he had the armband for a large chunk of last season. He`s been at this club for a while and he`s got a good affiliation with the supporters. He`s a hugely respected individual in the dressing room for his performances, what he gives the team, and the way that he trains and goes about his business on a daily basis for someone of his age. He`s certainly one for the younger players to look up to. In the end it was a fairly comfortable decision, one I`m very happy with and I`m delighted for him.’

With plenty of early transfer business done as alluded to above, he also went on to say that getting the Sidwell and Murray deals done early so they got a fuller pre season with us could be key down the line.

‘We’re delighted to have done it early, as we’re only in our second week of pre-season. Steve Sidwell joined us and was available for that first week. Glenn then arrived at the beginning of this week. Steve was an obvious one for us, because he came here in that second period of the season and fitted in very well to the group. We knew of his qualities before he came and certainly as an individual as well. That was important, certainly after losing the experience we have done in the players that left last season. With the departure of Bobby Zamora and James Wilson at the end of last season, we knew we wanted to bring in someone in that area. To have done that business for Glenn this early in pre-season will hopefully be a big plus for us.’

He also confirmed that there were some more additions he was hopeful of adding, but he was expecting a quieter window compared with last season.

‘We have a responsibility to make the squad as strong as possible. The good news is that we certainly don’t need to bring in the volumes that we had to bring in last summer. It ended up being a busy summer and a busy pre-season. The bulk of our work was done then and we acquired very well in January, so that’s given us a really good base this summer. We found out last season how tough this division is, and if we want to be able to challenge again then we have to make sure we’re as good as what we were last season.’

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