Town’s Lucas keeping in shape

Fleetwood Town's David Lucas in Obertraun'By Derick Thomas
Fleetwood Town's David Lucas in Obertraun'By Derick Thomas

Goalkeeper David Lucas is confident he will be able to step up to the mark if Fleetwood Town need him this season.

Player/coach Lucas concentrated on his role as Town’s goalkeeping coach during their Alpine training camp in Austria last week, putting fellow keepers Scott Davies and Chris Maxwell through their paces.

However, the 35-year-old insists he will be ready to take the field at any time during the club’s second Football League campaign.

Lucas said: “If needed, I can up my goalkeeper training as much as I need to. My actual fitness is pretty good. I don’t do too badly in the runs.”

It’s a new sort of pre-season for the former Preston North End keeper , combining his own fitness work with making sure Town’s two keepers are up to speed. He added: “It’s just getting the balance, working the lads to the standard required and expected in pre-season.

“At the moment I have got a good balance between coaching them and getting myself fit, and if needed I can increase my individual training,” added Lucas, who has over 300 Football League appearances under his belt, including two last season with Town following his January move from Birmingham.”

Lucas visited the Obertraun training base before with Swindon but he has a different outlook on the place now. He added:“To see how training goes from the perspective of a coach is much different to the view of a player. You are able to really take on board the surroundings, the training conditions and how isolated the little town is.”

Town played two matches on the continent, defeating local side Bad Ischl 8-0 before a more competitive clash with German side Wacker Burghausen, who won 1-0.

Lucas said: “To be fair to Bad Ischl, we played them just one day after their pre-season programme began, so they were very rusty and only a local village team.

“Burghausen gave use a good test. I feel it was important to determine where we are instead of thinking we are better than we actually are.

“The result is immaterial. It’s the pitch time against fairly decent opposition that was key.”

Lucas and the Town squad can look forward to more of that against Preston North End on Saturday in defender Nathan Pond’s eagerly-awaited testimonial game.

Before then, Town have a full week’s work ahead back at their Fylde RFC training base.