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Maghoma settling in

8 July 2013


Owls summer signing Jacques Maghoma has said the squad have got off to a flying start in pre-season....


The 25-year-old has enjoyed the early stages of Wednesday’s pre-season training and is keen to keep up the hard work as the Owls prepare for the big kick off against QPR on 3 August.


Dave Jones’ side kicked off their pre-season games schedule on Saturday with a private friendly against Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest at St George’s Park, which finished 1-1.


The Owls are back in action tomorrow, facing Stockport County at Edgeley Park in a testimonial game for former striker Rodger Wylde.


Maghoma believes the game will serve as an excellent opportunity for the squad to build on their fitness levels and said:


“We played a game on Saturday behind closed doors at St George’s Park, we did well but it’s still very early in pre-season.


“I managed to get 45 minutes under my belt and hopefully I can get more playing time when we play Stockport tomorrow.


“These games will help us improve our stamina and fitness as we prepare for the big game against QPR on the first game of the season.


“Pre-season has started well, the footballs have been out early which makes it harder because your levels of concentrations have to be higher but everyone is doing well.”


The pacey winger has been pleased by how he has settled in to life in Sheffield and believes his new team mates are well on course for the start of the 2013/14 campaign.


He added: “Right now, I can’t wait to get back playing. Hopefully tomorrow we can go out there, do our stuff, play well and win the game.


“The most important thing is getting fully fit and prepared for the QPR game. The key thing is we keep everyone fit and focus on getting right for that game.


“Pre-season is all about getting familiar with the team and knowing the strengths of individuals and the team collectively and improving upon it. We’re on course to do that.”

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