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25 May 2022

"There will be double sessions and lots of work, but we will also be able to get to know the lads better"

Kieran McKenna says he is looking forward to pre-season ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Having arrived at the Club in December, this summer will be the Blues boss' first with the Club, with the first-team group heading to Loughborough for a week's training camp as well as a number of pre-season friendlies pencilled in the calendar.

Details regarding the pre-season friendlies will be released in due course, with the start of the 2022/23 Sky Bet League One season set for 30 July.

"We feel the Loughborough experience will be really beneficial to the group," Kieran told iFollow Ipswich.

"At the time of arranging our pre-season plans, there were issues in the world with Covid and travelling in Europe, so we wanted to be secure and know that we had somewhere where there would be no issues with travelling. Loughborough is also a place with excellent facilities and will be a great place to spend a week with the group.

"We will spend a lot of time with the players on the pitch but also off the pitch. There will be double sessions and lots of work, but we will also be able to get to know the lads better. It offers an extended period of time away from home where we can enjoy each other's company. It's something we are looking forward to.

"In terms of fixtures, we want to get a range of experiences from our games. We want a challenge in and around our level but also some games that stretch us against the likes of Premier League and upper end Championship sides. We want a variety of home and away games, with some at Portman Road so the supporters can come and get a feel for the team we are building ahead of the season.

"Pre-season is a time of year that I particularly enjoy and on a personal basis I am looking forward to it. It's the time of year that gives you a chance to practise things and work on new things, perhaps experiment to a degree both in attack and defence. It's also an opportunity to work on the team from a physical point of view, which you might not get so much in the season.

"And it's also a chance to work with the team from a mental point of view. We want to develop the spirit and mentality in the side and apply a focus so that we can be successful over what will be a long campaign. We'll have six or seven weeks working together and I think everyone is looking forward to it."

The full interview with Kieran is available to watch on iFollow Ipswich.


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