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Clarke introduces yoga to training schedule

8 August 2019

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has revealed some of the tweaks he’s made to the Saddlers weekly schedule.

The Saddlers players have enjoyed weekly yoga sessions down at Essington which has proved a success at previous clubs Clarke has worked at.

The players also come together for breakfast every morning and Clarke explained why he’s made those introductions.

“Yoga’s a good injury prevention,” he said.

“We’ll do that once a week before we warm up and get into the training.

“I’ve done it at a few clubs I have been at and it’s a decent injury prevention, touch wood, we haven’t had any serious injuries so it’s about trying to get as many players available for selection in every game.

“I also wanted to bring breakfast into it.

“I like to get the lads in nice and early so we put on a little bit of breakfast like scrambled eggs, beans and cereal so it’s nothing luxurious but it’s important that this is our place, our home.

“We’re very fortunate at Walsall that we’ve got our own base that doesn’t happen at a lot of lower league clubs and that’s full credit to the outgoing chairman for putting this base on.”

Walsall take on Forest Green Rovers tomorrow in their first home game of the season.

Clarke is hoping for a big crowd at the Banks’s and is keen to build a positive relationship with the Saddlers supporters but stressed his team is still a working progress.

“We want to see as many supporters as we can and get them onside, we’ve got a lot of work to do to do that,” he said.

“They’ll be disappointed from last season but I think they appreciate the changes that have been made so far.

“They know it’s a work in progress and we’ve still got a lot of players who haven’t made their debuts yet and players still joining us.

“We’ve had to be patient and we’ve had to wait because we know that one or two players wanted to leave the club and we wanted to get good fees for those players that are leaving the club.

 “It will be an ongoing process, there’s no quick fixes here, we know what needs to be done and we’re putting those small building blocks in place.


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