Scott Sellars says Wolves Under-23s are looking forward to continuing their pre-season preparations with a training camp – and two friendlies – in the Netherlands.
After three wins to date in pre-season the squad are following the Under-18s out to Holland to continue their training and play games against Vitesse Arnhem and PEC Zwolle.
Sellars brought in the pre-season trip last season and believes it paid dividends in creating a positive team atmosphere which carried in to what was a very successful season for the Under-23s.
“We had a tour out here last year and it went really well with great facilities and a chance to build up that team spirit,” said Sellars.
“We had a really young group last year because the first team didn’t have so many players but this year we are a bit more experienced.
“We have two good games to play and it is also about team bonding.
“The best way to get to know people is when you are with them 24-7.
“Time spent together eating and chatting is a good way for players to get to know the staff and get to know what we expect.
“We also expect the older ones to teach the younger ones what is right and what is wrong and to get that dressing room tight and working well.
“It was great to be able to bring in the pre-season trip last year and we reaped the benefits over the season.”
The Under-23s most recent friendly was a hard-fought win over AFC Telford on Saturday, when Aaron Collins notched the only goal of the game in the second half.
“It was a tough game at Telford, at the end of a tough week when we had also worked the lads hard in the friendly at Bala on the Wednesday,” added Sellars.
“So some of the lads were a bit ‘leggy’, but that is what pre-season is about – we are here to get fitter.
“Everyone got some more minutes under their belt on Saturday and got some good experience playing against senior footballers and learning that physical side.
“You can’t always just play football as you want to along the floor, you have to compete and be physically dominant and cope with that side to the game, both individually and as a team.
“The lads are getting their fitness back and their sharpness and as that continues they will be able to take more advantage of some of the situations that were created.
“As time goes on during pre-season the amount of training is reduced and there is more time to recover between games.
“But it was good to get another win and things have gone well so far, especially with some of the younger scholars doing so well at AFC Wulfrunians in our first game.
“We want to have a conveyor belt of footballers and, as players progress, we want t see the next batch coming through.”