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16 July 2014

Iron manager Russ Wilcox is delighted with how his side's pre-season training is taking shape.

United went to Champneys Springs in Leicestershire for a four day training camp over the weekend and Wilcox was pleased with the impact it had on the players' fitness and team bonding.

"It was excellent. We had great weather as well, which certainly helped regarding the training side of it," Wilcox told

"We had great facilities and great food, and we all really enjoyed it.

"It gave the new lads a chance to gel in with the lads already in the squad, and for John Schofield (the new assistant manager) to make his mark.

"It was tough on the lads. We did a mixture of football intertwined with lots of running, which is what players expect in pre-season.

"There was team work and ball work.

"For the social side of it, there was a terrific games room in which the players played table tennis, pool and table football.

"Being there while the World Cup was on was great too, as we all sat down and watched the last two games.

"Overall, it's been an excellent four days away."

The trip offered a chance for newcomers Jennison Myrie-Williams, Neal Bishop and Lyle Taylor to strengthen their bond during the trip.

"All the new lads have settled in really well. It was never going to be a problem," he continued.

"Before we even went to Champneys it was all fine. We've got a good group of players.

"There are some good people in the group and they've welcomed the lads with open arms.

"It's been a really good intense four days.

"I'm really pleased with the fitness levels. You can never tell where they are at until the first game - it's always difficult to get that balance between too much and not enough.

"We've had certain runs and tests that we've done and everybody is looking good at the moment."

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