Marbella Diaries | Day one

Preparations for the 2024/25 Premier League campaign gained momentum, as Gary O’Neil’s side jetted off for a warm weather training camp in Marbella on Tuesday.

New signings Rodrigo Gomes, Jorgen Strand Larsen and Pedro Lima joined the group, which also saw June internationals, including Matt Doherty and Mario Lemina, link back up with the squad.

While in Spain, O’Neil will put his squad through their paces with an intense training programme and also see them in action for the first time this summer during a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Wolves’ international tournament contingent of Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Pedro Neto and Joao Gomes have not travelled, allowing them a period of time off, following their quarter-final exits over the weekend.

During day one, the Old Gold squad settled into their Marbella base, ahead of a busy schedule during the coming week.

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Word from the camp

While settling into the camp on day one, first-team coach Shaun Derry discusses how pre-season has changed since his playing days and the facility Wolves now call their temporary home.

Derry said: “It’s been good. We’ve been back at Compton for three or four days, and the early signs are that all of them, as they do in the modern day, have come back with good fitness. It’s very different to what it was maybe even ten, 15 years ago. There’s off season programmes now where all the players keep to it and, as everybody knows, we’ve had a number of players playing international football.

“It’s the camp, it’s the weather, it’s an opportunity to bring the squad together and build relationships once again. This is a wonderful place to come, not too far away from the UK, so you haven’t got a problem of sitting on the plane for too many hours, and this is a football pedigree hotel and facility, the pitches are good, where we are, they’ve had so many different clubs, so it’s a pleasure to be here.”