Southampton players return to training ahead of Premier League season

Daily Echo: Nigel Adkins will be welcoming his squad back to training today Nigel Adkins will be welcoming his squad back to training today

SAINTS’ Premier League countdown starts today.

Nigel Adkins’ double promotion winning squad will this morning report to Staplewood to begin pre-season training ahead of their much anticipated return to the top flight.

It has been a long summer break with an early finish to last season meaning the players have enjoyed 61 days of rest before starting the hard work again in earnest.

Adkins has given the squad just over seven weeks to prepare for the Premier League season, which kicks off on August 18 with the small matter of a trip to the champions Manchester City.

On their return to the club the players, including new £7m signing Jay Rodriguez who will meet his new teammates for the first time, will start pre-season with routine fitness tests to check they have stuck to their summer programmes before the hard slog gets underway.

They are largely repeating the pre-season programme of last summer which Adkins believes contributed so heavily to their success.

That will mean a week away at the Champney’s health spa before the business of pre-season friendlies gets underway.

They start with the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup on Saturday, July 14, when each player is expected to get their first 45 minutes of action with two different teams lining up to feature in the minigames against Arsenal and Anderlecht, who have replaced Rangers.

Then the squad will then jet off for a week, basing themselves on the French side of the French-Swiss border in the town of Evian-les-Bains.

There they will take on local sides Etoile Carouge and Evian Thonon Gaillard in what will be more fitness games as much as anything else.

Adkins will really start to get preparations on the pitch underway when the team return home with four friendlies to get his side fully prepared for the Premier League.

They have a St Mary’s triple header against Ajax, Wolves and Udinese with an away trip to Bristol City sandwiched in between.

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10:10am Thu 28 Jun 12

Portswood says...

What an intriguing choice of photo! Care to explain what's going on here, Mr Picture Editor? Otherwise, you know what us readers are like. We'll come up with our own imaginative takes...
What an intriguing choice of photo! Care to explain what's going on here, Mr Picture Editor? Otherwise, you know what us readers are like. We'll come up with our own imaginative takes... Portswood

10:11am Thu 28 Jun 12

Confucious says...

Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries.

Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell.

There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.
Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling. Confucious

10:18am Thu 28 Jun 12

mbetts says...

Here goes!

Can't wait!
Here goes! Can't wait! mbetts

10:30am Thu 28 Jun 12

devonsaint2 says...

Best ever father Day present...tickets to Evian for 3 days. Brill...thanks Kids

Oh I forgot you also need me to drive the hire car around ..lol
Best ever father Day present...tickets to Evian for 3 days. Brill...thanks Kids Oh I forgot you also need me to drive the hire car around ..lol devonsaint2

10:32am Thu 28 Jun 12

Dasal says...

Confucious wrote:
Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.
If they watched last nights Euro Semi, They,d have picked up PLENTY of "useful" skills ?? to practice............
..............
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.[/p][/quote]If they watched last nights Euro Semi, They,d have picked up PLENTY of "useful" skills ?? to practice............ .............. Dasal

10:34am Thu 28 Jun 12

St Graz says...

Confucious wrote:
Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries.

Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell.

There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.
Agree with you there, have to say that's one aspect of prem football I'm not looking forward to. In general Nige and the boys have looked very honest in L1 and the championshp. Prem commentary too is very over dramtic. Perhaps we should take Kitson as director of infringement fabrication and gamplay creative interpretation?
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.[/p][/quote]Agree with you there, have to say that's one aspect of prem football I'm not looking forward to. In general Nige and the boys have looked very honest in L1 and the championshp. Prem commentary too is very over dramtic. Perhaps we should take Kitson as director of infringement fabrication and gamplay creative interpretation? St Graz

10:34am Thu 28 Jun 12

St Graz says...

Confucious wrote:
Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries.

Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell.

There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.
Agree with you there, have to say that's one aspect of prem football I'm not looking forward to. In general Nige and the boys have looked very honest in L1 and the championshp. Prem commentary too is very over dramtic. Perhaps we should take Kitson as director of infringement fabrication and gamplay creative interpretation?
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.[/p][/quote]Agree with you there, have to say that's one aspect of prem football I'm not looking forward to. In general Nige and the boys have looked very honest in L1 and the championshp. Prem commentary too is very over dramtic. Perhaps we should take Kitson as director of infringement fabrication and gamplay creative interpretation? St Graz

10:34am Thu 28 Jun 12

insane saint says...

BRING IT ON WE ARE BACK.

COME ON YOU SAINTS LETS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING THE FANS ARE RIGHT BEHIND YOU.

(sorry guys exited again i can't wait for the start)

COYR
BRING IT ON WE ARE BACK. COME ON YOU SAINTS LETS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING THE FANS ARE RIGHT BEHIND YOU. (sorry guys exited again i can't wait for the start) COYR insane saint

11:38am Thu 28 Jun 12

Chet Rico says...

For those fans of the Russell Howard show - its simply Nigel auditioning for Kate Silvertons role
For those fans of the Russell Howard show - its simply Nigel auditioning for Kate Silvertons role Chet Rico

11:41am Thu 28 Jun 12

St Retford says...

Is that Nigel's good lady wife behind him?
Is that Nigel's good lady wife behind him? St Retford

11:42am Thu 28 Jun 12

Mush On The Beach says...

Portswood wrote:
What an intriguing choice of photo! Care to explain what's going on here, Mr Picture Editor? Otherwise, you know what us readers are like. We'll come up with our own imaginative takes...
Nigel, hands up for how many we will we put past City in the opening game
[quote][p][bold]Portswood[/bold] wrote: What an intriguing choice of photo! Care to explain what's going on here, Mr Picture Editor? Otherwise, you know what us readers are like. We'll come up with our own imaginative takes...[/p][/quote]Nigel, hands up for how many we will we put past City in the opening game Mush On The Beach

12:47pm Thu 28 Jun 12

mack chinnon says...

Confucious wrote:
Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries.

Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell.

There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.
Yawn.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.[/p][/quote]Yawn. mack chinnon

1:16pm Thu 28 Jun 12

RedArmy1 says...

Saints Players are back to work. GREAT !!

The fixture list next Season has not been unkind to Saints IMO.

We should be ready to face and FIGHT AND WIN against any of the Teams in the Premier League Home and Away.

If we face manure and we find we are getting 'dicked' down the wings then put a BID IN NOW and strengthen the Defence.

Jose Fonte has got to DO BETTER this Season - so the hard work really starts for him.

We've got a good side - could do with adding more quality - but it is important that we don't pay over-inflated prices for Players. That said, arsenil were crying out for a keeper a few seasons ago and tightwad wenger didn't spend and it cost the club.

WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH.

Southampton Legend quite rightly posted - that of course we are compared to brighton - the blue few and bore-mouth.

THE FACT IS :

arsenil and their fans run from Southampton. QPR and their fans are a joke ... LOL

So it is only wet spam and chelski that might try and kick off at St Mary's ... and they will be sent packing.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON.

RED ARMY. FIGHT AND WIN.
WE RULE THE SOUTH (UK)
Saints Players are back to work. GREAT !! The fixture list next Season has not been unkind to Saints IMO. We should be ready to face and FIGHT AND WIN against any of the Teams in the Premier League Home and Away. If we face manure and we find we are getting 'dicked' down the wings then put a BID IN NOW and strengthen the Defence. Jose Fonte has got to DO BETTER this Season - so the hard work really starts for him. We've got a good side - could do with adding more quality - but it is important that we don't pay over-inflated prices for Players. That said, arsenil were crying out for a keeper a few seasons ago and tightwad wenger didn't spend and it cost the club. WE ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE SOUTH. Southampton Legend quite rightly posted - that of course we are compared to brighton - the blue few and bore-mouth. THE FACT IS : arsenil and their fans run from Southampton. QPR and their fans are a joke ... LOL So it is only wet spam and chelski that might try and kick off at St Mary's ... and they will be sent packing. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY. FIGHT AND WIN. WE RULE THE SOUTH (UK) RedArmy1

1:34pm Thu 28 Jun 12

St Graz says...

Steven Davis is among the Rangers players absent from their first day of pre-season.
Steven Davis is among the Rangers players absent from their first day of pre-season. St Graz

9:21pm Thu 28 Jun 12

flashhart2000 says...

My Skate and Chelscum colleagues reacon Sir Rickie is too slow and fat to make it. I told them That we were runners up in L1 and the championship and this season I think we should go one better. COYR'S
Seriously I think 11th or better this season!
My Skate and Chelscum colleagues reacon Sir Rickie is too slow and fat to make it. I told them That we were runners up in L1 and the championship and this season I think we should go one better. COYR'S Seriously I think 11th or better this season! flashhart2000

11:57pm Thu 28 Jun 12

abbiscuits says...

Just placed £50 at 7500/1 for Saints to win title. If I win I pay off the mortgage, if I lose the wife say's she'll kick me out ....win. win situation ;-)
Just can't wait for season to start.
Just placed £50 at 7500/1 for Saints to win title. If I win I pay off the mortgage, if I lose the wife say's she'll kick me out ....win. win situation ;-) Just can't wait for season to start. abbiscuits

12:59am Fri 29 Jun 12

WECOMING4U says...

Can see Fonte have Mario in his pocket in that first match!
Can see Fonte have Mario in his pocket in that first match! WECOMING4U

2:47am Fri 29 Jun 12

CeekaySaint says...

Basics...start building from the back....step 1: Butland..
Basics...start building from the back....step 1: Butland.. CeekaySaint

2:47am Fri 29 Jun 12

CeekaySaint says...

Basics...start building from the back....step 1: Butland..
Basics...start building from the back....step 1: Butland.. CeekaySaint

9:31am Fri 29 Jun 12

SouthamptonLegend says...

WECOMING4U wrote:
Can see Fonte have Mario in his pocket in that first match!
Hopefully Nigel was watching! Gonna need to replace Fonte in all honesty, he looked a bit suspect last season so can't imagine a dramatic turn around in the Prem against world class strikers! I'd love him to make it in the prem with us but we'll see
[quote][p][bold]WECOMING4U[/bold] wrote: Can see Fonte have Mario in his pocket in that first match![/p][/quote]Hopefully Nigel was watching! Gonna need to replace Fonte in all honesty, he looked a bit suspect last season so can't imagine a dramatic turn around in the Prem against world class strikers! I'd love him to make it in the prem with us but we'll see SouthamptonLegend

11:52am Mon 2 Jul 12

Shoong says...

Confucious wrote:
Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries.

Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell.

There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.
As most of them have come up from League 1, hopefully they won't lose perspective and 'keep it real'.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Hopefully the players will arrive back with their new BMW 4x4's fully run in, huge Bose headphones fitted and their hair expensively sculptured (Chappers with a transplant of course). To look the part in the Prem they should also have taken advantage of the break to get their arms and necks fully tattooed with very meaningful images requiring a Beckham sized intellect to fully comprehend. Some of our players finished last season with no tattoos at all, let alone ones which have satisfyingly unintelligible answers to insoluble mysteries. Hopefully the pre-season programme will include some top-flight drama training. They will need to know exactly how, in a convincing manner, to collapse in agony clutching a severely injured head after suffering a gentle accidental finger flicks from an opposing player - and how, once inside penalty areas, to fly through the air as if they have been hit by the blast from a large military shell. There's so more to the Prem than just passing, shooting and tackling.[/p][/quote]As most of them have come up from League 1, hopefully they won't lose perspective and 'keep it real'. Shoong

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