Lowestoft Town ready to embark on fitness drive

Lowestoft Town players will be asked to embark on a major fitness drive during pre-season to ensure they hit the ground running in the Ryman League Premier next season.

Blues joint boss Ady Gallagher revealed the management team were unhappy with the condition of their squad last season and feel it is time for some players to adopt a more professional lifestyle when they are away from Crown Meadow.

'We felt we were not as fit as we have been in the past last season,' said Gallagher. 'Nobody can have any complaints about the advice they receive in the form of Dave Carolan and Flem (Craig Fleming) – some players got a bit comfortable though.

'As you go up the leagues as we have the more professional you have to be in your personal life as well. Some have not dedicated as much time as they should to the conditioning side of things.'

It certainly appears that the Blues squad are in for a tough pre-season schedule and Gallagher joked that that he hopes new director of football Craig Fleming will not be forced to lead the runs as he was at times last season.

'What we don't want to see in pre-season is Flem leading the running from the front as he was at times. We know what a fit person he is but our players should be able to keep up with him.'

Meanwhile, Gallagher insisted that Jamie Godbold is still in the club's plans next season despite the midfielder playing a bit-part role in the Blues' league campaign last season.

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'We all firmly believe that he has still got a lot to offer the club in one capacity or another,' added Gallagher. 'He has been at the club for a long time but last season he found it difficult.

'He is certainly not finished as a player by any stretch of the imagination.'

The search for new players continues but Gallagher insisted the management team will only look at players that can add to the squad.

Meanwhile, the Blues have announced five pre-season friendlies. They are as follows:

– Saturday, July 16 Chelmsford City (h) 3pm

– Saturday, July 23 Enfield (h) 3pm

– Saturday, July 30 Leiston (a) 3pm

– Tuesday, August 9 Needham Market (h) 7.45pm

– Saturday, August 13 Sudbury (h) 3pm