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13 July 2015

Manager Mark Robins felt his new-look side put on a good display against Gainsborough and arrive in Marbella with confidence.

The Iron spend seven days in the southern Spanish city, before returning for the rest of their pre-season schedule ahead of their SkyBet League One campaign.

“From my point of view and their point of view, it’s about getting games under their belts,” he told The Iron Player HD.

“We’re obviously trying to gel them as a team and that will happen. It’s going to be a good week (in Marbella) and it’ll give us the chance to live together as well as train. It’ll be a good and interesting week, but it’ll be tough as well.”

Speaking about the get-away, it will give the team a chance to bond, with the nine new signings integrating into the team – and the latest recruit Jamie Ness meeting some of his teammates for the very first time.

“There’s a lot of heat over there at the moment as they’re having a heat wave there,” he continued.

“It’s something that we will have to contend with. They will train at least a couple of times a day and they’ll get a bit of down time as well. It’s a really important week for us.

“We will get as much football into the week as we possibly can do and then as soon as we get back the games start. We’re hoping to get everything into the next week. We will be training in the heat, getting some work into the legs in those circumstances, some togetherness and team spirit into us.

“We will make sure that we have a really good week in terms of graft and getting miles into the legs.”

The journey to Marbella commenced in the very early hours of Sunday morning, with Mark stating his side trained in the afternoon after arriving in Spain.

“It’s work, but they’re going to have some down time,” he said.

“Just because of the sheer work rate that they’re putting in, you cannot keep flogging them. They had a day off last Thursday as they had done a lot of miles in the days of pre-season so far.

“Sunday was a travelling day, but they trained in the afternoon when we got there. It’s a tough schedule, but pre-season is always a tough schedule. Again, it’s a balance between work and rest.

“It’s about gelling the players together as people both on and off the pitch.”

See much more from Mark Robins on The Iron Player HD.

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