Former Grimsby Town striker Daryl Clare says he was impressed by the Mariners players’ fitness levels in their pre-season training session this morning.
Clare - now 38-years-old - who scored nine goals in 80 appearances over the course of his six-year spell at Blundell Park, is currently studying at the Grimsby Institute’s University Centre and helped take the Town players’ training session this morning.
He told iFollow: “We’ve done a physiological profile, which will be individual to them players – their height, age, weight, body mass, and their body fat percentage, so we’ll get a physiological breakdown.
“Then we’ve done some agility testing, some flexibility testing, some speed acceleration stuff – it’s been a combination of all aspects of fitness, and then they finished off with a very difficult maximum endurance test, and competed very well in that.
“Some of them got to an absolute elite standard so that was very pleasing to see, so the signs are good.
“They all hit the average data of a professional standard of League One and League Two level, which I’m sure Russell will be really happy about, and two or three of the players hit elite level standard, which is Premier League and international level, so it was really satisfying to watch.”
Clare hopes that the players will improve on their results when they undergo the regime again in a month’s time.
“We’re hoping from today that we can identify weaknesses that they may have, and put some interventions in place to improve their playing ability.
“We will reassess the players in approximately four weeks when they’ve had their full pre-season schedule under their belt, hopefully a number of matches under their belt, and we would be hoping to see an improvement in their fitness levels.”
He added that he hopes that the relationship between the club and the Grimsby Institute will continue to grow.
“It just seems to be a good partnership. Russell’s approached it – he wants to invest in the sports science, and we’re here to assist in any way we can.
“It’s been good, it’s a nice opportunity for me to get back involved, just helping the players out and the management staff with a little bit of pre-season work so it’s been good.”
Watch the full interview with Daryl on iFollow above.