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Head of Performance Bloom runs rule over Lions squad

An in-depth look at what goes on behind-the-scenes...

24 August 2020

The Lions' fortunes may have improved under the stewardship of Gary Rowett, but behind the scenes, a team of hard-working individuals keep the squad ticking.

One of them is Head of Performance, Laurence Bloom. An important member of the Millwall's backroom staff, Bloom shares the responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the team.

In these uncertain times, with a glut of fixtures at the back end of 2019/20 and the beginning of 2020/21 and a minimal break in between, the work of the Sports Science and Medical outfits is more vital than ever - and on the club's pre-season training camp in Scotland, had the chance to sit down with Bloom and discuss a number of matters.

"My role is Head of Performance at the club, so I mainly focus on the physical aspects of training, working closely with the coaching staff to optimise training and performance," he said. "I work with the medical staff as well, trying to minimise injuries to players and on the rehab process if players do get injured.

"It's been a big challenge this year with the situation at the moment, and then how that impacts the forthcoming season. We now have a reduced off-season and pre-season time, which means reduced recovery time for the players. That has pros and cons, including less of a detraining effect, which means we're able to work the guys harder on their return.

"However, on the flip side, we have less time to prepare, so everything we do has to be a little bit more condensed, which makes the risk a bit higher for certain players."

Having worked with a number of squads and a plethora of names over the years - including the likes of Tim Cahill and Harry Kane - Bloom has high praise for the current crop of Lions.

"As squads go, this is one of the best groups I've worked with from a training and application point of view. There's not one lad who stands out in my mind as not giving 100% day in, day out. The gaffer has come in and brought his philosophy with how he wants us to train and play, and that has led to a step up in intensity and really trying to push the lads harder."

A full, in-depth interview with Laurence Bloom, in which The Lions' training secrets are revealed, can be viewed by clicking here.

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