Derry hopes to see pre-season bonding

Shaun Derry
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First-team coach Shaun Derry says Wolves' Marbella training camp "is an opportunity to bring the squad together and build relationships" before the the start of another busy Premier League campaign.

It is also manager Gary O'Neil's first full pre-season with the club after he took charge just days before the start of the last campaign.

"It is about the time we spend on the training pitch," Derry told the club website. "This is getting the fitness levels back and making sure you understand you can't go too quickly into pre-season.

"From a football perspective, they will be building relationships on the pitch, but it is so important to build them off it as well. It will be interesting from a coaching perspective, just seeing where they sit at the tables and the relationships they build off the pitch."

Not all of the squad have travelled to Marbella due to international commitments, which Derry says is in itself is "quite complex" to navigate.

"To organise a pre-season, you have to take into consideration what the last six weeks have looked like," Derry added. "The Euros and Copa America are still taking place and the boys have played international games over the summer.

"It is a staggered approach coming back to pre-season and once the latter stages come to light, around the America tour, you get all your players back and you can push forward towards the start of the season."

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