Hard work ahead for Town’s young guns

Fleetwood Town's players warm up on their first morning in Germany
Fleetwood Town's players warm up on their first morning in Germany

Graham Alexander has included a number of rising stars in the Fleetwood Town squad which flew to Germany.

Town are on the continent for a week-long training camp during which time they will play two friendly fixtures.

And several members of the club’s development squad have flown with the first team.

Among those is former Squires Gate striker Jack Sowerby, who enjoyed a lively 45 minutes against AFC Fylde on Wednesday night.

20-year-old French forward Vamara Sanogo has also travelled, increasing the likelihood of his involvement with the first team this season.

The former Metz attacker is something of an unknown quantity but is understood to have impressed Alexander since arriving at the club in April and could be challenging Jamie Proctor, Jamille Matt and Declan McManus for a chance in League One.

Also on the plane was midfielder Akil Wright, signed from non-league Ilkeston and defender Max Cartwright.

It is not known if trialist Bobby Grant has been included in the group after he played 45 minutes at Kellamergh Park.

That game, says Alexander, was a good gauge of fitness both for him and his squad.

He said: “It was good to get half a game under their belts before we go to Germany.

“It was a carrot for the lads to work hard and get into a competitive game.

“They worked hard.

“Some will have thought they were doing OK fitness wise, some will have thought they need to step it up.

“It’s been useful in that regard.”

For a number of those travelling it will be the first experience of an overseas training camp.

But Alexander, with his focus on fitness in early pre-season, warned them to expect a gruelling seven days with plenty of running and cycling as well as time on the football pitch.

“There’s no lying. They’ve had a good break and they know what’s coming,” he said.

“We’ve been to Austria for the last couple of years.

“The first week was a really tough one because they’d had eight weeks off.

“Last year it was diluted slightly because it was only a short summer.

“They’ve had a decent one this time around and it will be tough.”

Town face Borussia Dortmund B on Wednesday before a clash with Allemania Achen on Saturday

But Alexander knows there will also be plenty of time for socialising - something which could be crucial for the younger members of his squad.

“It’ll be fantastic for the group,” he said.

“There’s a lot of new players, a lot of young lads that need to come out of their shell a little bit, find their personality, their place in the group.

“A week away, 24/7 together does that and it’s always proved to been a great positive for us.

“We expect it to be no different this time around.”