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PHIL PARKINSON | Manager looking forward to first home game and hails players' fitness

Manager pleased with first week of training

8 July 2021

New Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson is looking forward to starting the season on home soil, after the 2021/22 Vanarama National League fixtures were released on Wednesday.

Wrexham will host Yeovil Town in the first match of the season, and also welcome Notts County to the Racecourse Ground in the first month.

But with the players back in pre-season training this week too, the new manager says the club’s focus remains firm and unchanged.

“I’m pleased to be at home for the first game,” Parkinson said. “It’s a very exciting prospect as we wait to hear if we’ll have crowds in. If we do, it will be something to look forward to.

“There are some interesting fixtures thrown up quite early in the season, and we know what we have to do to be ready for those.

“At the other end of the calendar, a few people have already mentioned that last game at Dagenham & Redbridge – a repeat of last season.

“Our aim is, by the end of the season, to be travelling there in the best spirits because of our performances against every other team.

“We know what the aim is, and although the fixtures are now out, we are still very focussed in terms of what we have to do, and what we are looking to build.”

Parkinson and assistant manager Steve Parkin have been getting to know the players on the training pitch at Colliers Park this week.

And the manager hailed the players’ professionalism, having been impressed by their fitness levels so far.

“It’s been a good couple of days on the training ground, and I’m pleased with the players’ physical condition,” Parkinson added.

“This stage is a chance to improve fitness, introduce structure and most importantly to improve the areas of the squad that we know need improving.

“We’re very lucky to be using such an excellent facility at Colliers Park. It really has been fantastic, and we’re hoping to build a good relationship with the FAW.

“The lads have been enjoying that, and are appreciative of the facilities available to us.

“From a personal point of view, I’ve been gradually getting to know the players we have here. As you would imagine, I’ve watched loads of matches, but seeing them at close quarters, you learn something all the time.

“As I’ve said, the physical condition of the players over these first few sessions has been excellent , and that is a credit to their professionalism in the off-season.”

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