THE LADS swapped footballs for boxing gloves during the first of two fitness sessions on Thursday.
As already reported on the website HERE, part of the morning's gym conditioning circuit involved a boxing station and the lads happy to pound the pads as they built up upper body, core strength and balance.
With David Bentley throwing in his version of the 'Ali shuffle' and making up boxing nicknames for everyone - the only one in Xtra's earshot was Carlo Cudicini's 'Olive Oil Kid' - all it needed was for Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' to come blasting out of the pitchside stereo and the picture would have been complete.
The second session was a recovery session at the swimming pool - including ice baths - and that was that for Thursday.
That's six sessions in three days and a day of football to follow on Friday as the lads step it up for our first pre-season friendly at Bournemouth on Saturday.
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