After a successful pre-season testing on Saturday, Luke and the squad headed off to Barnstaple, Devon to begin their pre-season camp. 

Barnstaple has been the chosen destination for Garrard and his men for their pre-season training camp for six-years now, a period that has witnessed unrivalled success both on and off the pitch for the Wood, so our hope is that it continues to be a good omen for the club.

After the testing we caught up with Luke Garrard and he had this to say, “Credit has to go to the medical and strength and conditioning staff in setting this up, the players are given a plan to adhere to over the summer and you can tell who has stuck to their plan and who hasn’t, for us it seems that everyone has.

“I was really excited before coming in, we’ve bought in new personnel which we will release on 1st July and we are excited by that, I believe that we had the best core that we’ve had since I’ve been at the club and we didn’t have to rush.

“There’s an energy to the place and a tight group in that changing room, you can see that they enjoy working here.”

The squad will now be put through their paces during an intense pre-season camp in preparation for our opening pre-season game against Watford at Meadow Park on Wednesday 5th July, 7.30pm kick-off. The group have already begun their training camp with their first sessions taking place on Sunday afternoon shortly after they arrived. Six-day and ten sessions later, Garrard return to South Hertfordshire on Friday evening, ready to continue their pre-season preparations with a fiercely competitive pre-season lined up.

Looking ahead once again to our incredible line-up of pre-season fixtures, Luke added, “Full credit has to go to the Chairman, to get the likes of Watford, West Ham, Brentford, Chelsea and Arsenal through the door, it’s incredible… It gives us a great test, I say to the group these friendlies are like FA cup games and that’s been our strength over the last few years.

“I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against all the Managers that come here.” Garrard concluded.

With pre-season just around the corner, it’s not too late to pick up your early bird season tickets, which will also allow you any three from five home pre-season games completely FREE, as well as a FREE replica shirt.

So, let’s get behind Luke and the boys this season, and let’s give it everything we’ve got! 



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