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Hard graft

2 July 2014

Midfielder feeling the benefits of Portugal training camp

Richard Chaplow says he and his Lions team-mates are making the most of their pre-season training camp over in Portugal.

The squad still have two more days of intense work to go before flying back this weekend and Chaplow, speaking to, says everyone is giving their all in the Algarve.

"It's been very tough but the lads are grafting," the 29-year-old said. "We've been up at 7.30am and doing plenty of sessions which have included hill runs and other strong cardiovascular work.

"As well, we're learning more from the manager about systems and how he wants us to set up and play.

"It's demanding but that's what pre-season is all about and we'll feel the benefits in friendlies and once the League games start."

After moving to The Den last summer, Chaplow made 21 appearances in 2013/14, five of which came under Ian Holloway following the 51-year-old's January appointment. Injuries halted his progress in a Lions shirt somewhat, but the midfielder is fit and raring to go ahead of the new campaign.

"It was very frustrating at times for me last year," the ex-Southampton man admitted. "I was playing regularly up until Christmas but was disappointed with the back end of the season. The treatment room can be a difficult place to be.

"I'm enjoying being back in training with the lads and am feeling good. Fingers crossed I have an injury-free pre-season and am available for selection when things get underway. When fit I know I can be a good midfielder in this League because I've done it regularly before.

"I was ecstatic we stayed up and finished the season on such a great run of form. It would've been great to have been playing in a team which was doing so well.

"After the manager came in you saw things getting better every week and to stay up by finishing as we did was a huge lift."


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