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LAIRD LOOKING FORWARD TO FRIENDLY TEST

12 July 2016

The Iron have been hard at training in Austria since their arrival on Saturday morning, but their first chance to get game time whilst out there comes on Tuesday night.

It will be UNIS Gschwandt who will face United (5.30pm kick-off UK time), as the team look to step up their preparations for the 2016-17 season, and continue their winning form following the 3-0 victory over Stamford AFC on Friday.

Full-back Scott Laird says he has thoroughly enjoyed his time in Austria so far, and believes it is important for the team to continue their hard work.

“It’s been very good,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“Personally it’s been good to get out and have somewhere different to run around. The usual training field can be a bit monotonous, especially because you are out there for long periods of time.

“I’ve enjoyed the company of the lads too, and we’ve had a bit of fun while we’re working hard.”

The facilities in Austria are what attract clubs like United to make the journey there, and Laird praised the area the team are training in.

“It’s amazing. We’ve all got bikes so if we want to go get a stretch and go down to the lake we can," he stated.

The heat in Austria somewhat puts the UK summer to shame, but Laird believes the chance to adapt to different temperatures will stand the squad in good stead.

“You’re going to go out and face different types of temperatures throughout the season, so it’s nice to get out here and sweat a lot - and lose a bit of weight," he joked.

Laird believes the chance to play against a somewhat unknown quantity in UNIS Gschwandt will provide the squad with a “great test”.

“Going into a game in pre-season, and especially one away in a different country, you don’t know much about the opposition," he said.

“It will be a great test and we’re looking forward to it. We’re excited to go to a new place, a nice little stadium I would guess, and hopefully the locals will come out and support them too.”

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