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Dean Keates wants to whisk his Walsall players away

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall boss Dean Keates has revealed he is eager to take his players away for a pre-season training camp this summer.

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The Saddlers enjoyed a three-day trip in the Lake District before the start of the 2017/18 – with the squad taking part in a gruelling training program at Cassius Camps.

Keates was in charge of Wrexham this time last year and took his team away to Portugal for a bonding trip.

And he would also like to get away with Walsall once he is close to finalising his squad for the new season.

“It’s something I am looking at and in discussions with the club about,” the boss said. “I did it last year at Wrexham. We went to Portugal and it was unbelievable – we took 650 fans.

“It gave the players a chance to work together and get to know one another.

“We only went for four days. But I’d like to go somewhere so we can work, do a couple of sessions a day and help the lads get to know each other.

"It’s about building a togetherness and getting to know each other’s characters. It is something I’m looking at and if we can go away and I’ll definitely try to get it in place.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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