Mantom on the hard work ahead this summer...
HAVING suffered at the hands of injury for the majority of 2014/15, midfield man, Sam Mantom, has emphasised his determination to use the summer break wisely to ensure that he returns to pre-season training in the best possible shape.
“I’ve had two weeks of pure rest and then next week I will start on an intense power programme,” he said. “I’ll be working closely with Jon Whitney and strength and conditioning coach, Dean Harris, on those areas that are in particular need of attention to allow me to be one step ahead when we report back for pre-season training at the beginning of July.
“Both Jon and Dean have a tremendous amount of knowledge in this field and it is important for me to be able to tap into that to ensure that I come back in the right shape and frame of mind.
“I gave it my all to get back into action last season and I am pleased with where I’m at right now. Yes, there were dark days, but I have come through it and I am stronger for the experience.
“I know that by knuckling down and working hard now, it will give me the best possible chance to start the season strongly as I did a couple of years ago.
“When you miss pre-season, it is always difficult to catch up, so it is key for me to have a good, productive summer to set me up for the campaign ahead.”
Mantom figured in a total of 15 games in 2014/15 having picked up a knee injury 12 months ago.