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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Workington Town prepare for first training session

Workington Town begin the build-up for the 2013 Championship season when they hold their first training session at Copeland Stadium on Thursday night.

Rugby league action photo
Town's Jarrad Stack is chased by Haven’s Paul Cullnean, left, and Jessie Joe Parker

Gary Charlton and fellow joint coach Martin Oglanby start their fourth season in charge at Derwent Park and, after guiding Town to promotion in the summer, Charlton sees this as one of his biggest challenges yet.

“It’s going to be a big step up for the youngsters and a new era for the club,” said Charlton.

“We still need a few more players before the season kicks-off but we are targeting the right mix of youth and experience that we’ll need to compete. It’s going to take a lot of work to get the players up and running and ready for what lies ahead.

“We’ve got to get the lads prepared right,” added Charlton who sees the pre-season friendlies as vital to the preparation.

“We could play weaker teams and the amateur sides and get a bit of confidence under our belts but I feel that playing better sides is going to do the players more good in the long run and show them what they can expect.”

Town’s Jarrad Stack, Elliott Miller, Graeme Mattinson, Dan Rooney and Jonathan Dawes have all undergone surgery and will be missing from the first session, while time will be taken over Peter Lupton after it was decided he didn’t need surgery onhis knee injury.

Town’s Derwent Park is now out-of-bounds, as improvements have now started in preparation for the 2013 World Cup games to be staged there but Copeland Stadium is not a new training venue for the club.

“We’ve trained there for the last few years,” added Charlton, “One thing Martin and I wanted when we first came to the club were good facilities for training. Copeland Stadium has an all-weather training surface, a running track and a gym. They are very good facilities, we can train there in all weather conditions, and we get looked after.”

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