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Bannan pleased to be back

30 May 2020

Echoing the sentiments of his team mates, Barry Bannan is pleased to be back on the training ground after the enforced football hiatus.

The Owls returned to phased sessions on Monday as the players look to boost those all-important layers of fitness over the coming days and weeks.

A start date for the Championship resumption has yet to be confirmed but for now, topping up the tank is the priority.

Bannan said: “The only way you can describe it really is like it’s coming back into pre-season. You can’t get too close to anyone or anything like that but we know the circumstances and understand the situation so until further notice that’s what we will have to adhere to.

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“We had gone nine weeks without training so it was a long time and you have to build back up. I spent time with my family but then after a while you miss that competitiveness of training and your daily routine.

"It is a bit strange when you get to the training ground and the rules are pretty strict. You go in individually and the doctor will come over and take your temperature. We were given a coronavirus test kit on Monday to do in our own cars before entering the training ground and that will be the routine until we’re told otherwise.

“It takes five to 10 minutes maximum before you can get out of the car and go on to the field to start training."

Drills remain non-contact under current EFL guidelines but technology at least allows for a semblance of that competitive edge, as Bannan acknowledged:

“We’re training in groups of four and I’ve got some realty good runners in mine!

“Every group gets their results in the group chat afterwards with all the running stats and they’ve been good, which just shows the professionalism of all the boys. It’s been hard work but it’s great to be back.”

 


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