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PHIL PARKINSON | “It gets us on the flight to America with a really good workout under our belt”

Manager reflects on final practice match before tour

15 July 2023

Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson was pleased with his team’s final workout, after a practice match ended the team’s pre-tour preparations.

Two separate Wrexham XIs took to the pitch, before undergoing fitness and gym sessions to complete the workout before the first-team squad head out to the United States.

Paul Mullin, Andy Cannon, Jordan Davies and Jacob Mendy all found the back of the net, as the Red Dragons claimed a 4-2 win, and Parkinson was happy to be getting on the plane on the back of a positive result.

He said: “There were some really good performances today and it gets us on the flight to America with a really good workout under our belt.

“The aim of today was to get 45 minutes of action and then a fitness session for the lads afterwards.

“Everyone got 90 minutes in terms of their running load, and we’re pleased with what we got out of it.

“Thank you to our opponents for coming down, and I wish them well for the coming season.

“We got what we wanted out of the game. It was a decent workout and equally, there’s always lessons to be learned.

“It’s all about the response, and we do that repeatedly as a group.”

The players will now travel to the USA, taking on Chelsea, LA Galaxy II, Manchester United and Philadelphia Union II.

Despite such high-profile fixtures on the horizon, Parkinson added that today’s workout is just as important as the rest.

He said: “Today was the important part. The lads are doing running now, and then going to the gym. It’s about making sure the work is right.

“It was an important day, and just as important as Chelsea will be and Manchester United.

“It’s incredible for the Club to have a tour of this magnitude, it’s important in many ways, especially commercially but we’re focused on working hard to come back in the best possible shape for the Milton Keynes game.

We had some of the lads and coaching staff out in North Carolina for the TST 7-a-side tournament and they told us what the support was like out there. Everyone is very excited to get over there.”

The fixture saw the return of Aaron Hayden and Bryce Hosannah who both missed the run-in from last season due to injury.

Jordan Davies continued his progression, with a headed to goal to complete what was an impressive performance.

Aaron James also featured in the second half, starting in the defensive unit. Speaking on the workout, he explained it was pleasing to see their returns.

He said: “Aaron is a good young player; he’s been with us for a while and this year is his first full year with us so it will be his first taste of full-time training.

“It’s great to see big Aaron back, Jordan Davies scored a great goal from a set play which is his trademark, and we’re genuinely happy with our work.

“I’m glad to get the game today under our belts and head over to America for a good couple of week's work.”

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