AFTER a short summer break it was back down to business for Raith Rovers players this week as they held their first pre-season get together at the club’s new training base.
Manager Grant Murray and first team coach Laurie Ellis put the squad through their paces at the newly refurbished Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Glenrothes.
A number of new players joined some more familiar faces from last season for the first work-out at the new facility, while Joe Cardle, currently a free agent, also took part in the session.
Murray was pleased to report that all players turned up fit and healthy, and he will now focus on getting them ready for the start of the competitive season, which begins with a Ramsdens Cup fixture on Saturday, July 27, the draw for which takes place tomorrow (Friday).
“We started back on Saturday and we had a good meeting,” Murray said.
“We were up at Glenrothes for the first time on Monday, and it’s great having a facility like that.
“The new players have all fitted in well. They are professionals so they adapt well and the young boys have also joined us, which is great for them.
“Everyone has completed the sessions we’ve done so far so that’s great.”
Murray, aged 37, is a veteran of pre-seasons and he is using the wealth of experience picked up during spells with Hearts, St Johnstone, Partick and Kilmarnock to take into his own pre-season programme.
“There’s a lot of fitness work to get the legs going again,” he said. “A lot of running and ball work is involved.
“It’s all about getting the guys to a level of fitness that they will be able to sustain for a whole season.
“We’ve got pre-season games coming up and we’ll use them as part of the fitness plan as well.
“Players don’t look forward to pre-season. It’s always hard and it’s no different here.
“But if they can get through it, they will get the benefits from it.”