Port Vale: Micky Adams ups the tempo for squad
MICKY Adams is making no apologies as he turns up the heat in pre-season training.
The Port Vale manager is determined to get his new-look squad fighting fit for the start of a fresh campaign.
And he'll show no mercy from now on in a bid to get the players finely-tuned.
The squad reported back last week, but the intensity levels are set to rise.
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"We are stepping things up now," said Adams.
"There will be double sessions every day this week, including Saturday and it all becomes much more intense.
"The players have been working every other day so far as a bit of an introduction to it, but that is changing.
"All we've done so far is put a bit of a platform down in terms of fitness.
"The players have done some groundwork. Now it's time to kick on."
Adams accepts it is hardly an enjoyable time for the players, but knows they will benefit in the long run.
"I don't think anyone has enjoyed it so far, largely because of the weather," he said.
"But it's very important in terms of a base of fitness and it's a means to an end.
"The players will enjoy it more this week because we'll get the balls out. A lot of them haven't kicked one for two months, so we'll have to be careful.
"But they always train more when there's a ball involved. That will help."
Adams hopes luckless Lewis Haldane will be able to join the group before long.
The 27-year-old winger has been hit by illness and a string of injuries during a troubled two-year spell with the club.
But the manager is hoping he can figure in at least some of the pre-season work as he recovers from the latest operation on his ankle.
"Hopefully we'll get Lewis back on the training ground sooner rather than later," said Adams.
"It will feel like a new signing."