MIKE GRADY says that his North Wales Crusaders side are ‘raring to go’ after the squad returned to pre-season training as preparations continue ahead of the 2018 season.
A number of new faces have joined the squad in the off-season and Grady expressed his delight at how the squad have gelled: “We’ve had a few new lads come into the squad, but everyone has got their heads down and they’ve all gelled really well.
“Everyone seems to have come into pre-season with a great attitude and that has shown in the sessions which we’ve had so far.
“Another pleasing thing is seeing some of the senior members of the squad help some of the younger ones – that is exactly what you want from your experienced players.”
Having arrived at the club in 2017, Grady also believes that the extra time he’s had to prepare for the 2018 season has been an advantage: “Jonny and I came in late last season so we’ve had more time to plan this year and that’s definitely an advantage.
“That goes for everything, from preparing the training sessions through to recruitment plans.
“I think that in terms of recruitment we’re pretty much finished now, no coach will ever say that they have completely finished recruiting as you don’t know what is around the corner.
“However, I’m more than happy with the strong squad that we’ve assembled – it’s an exciting side.”
Grady added: “We have a really good balance of young promising players and experienced players which is exactly what you want as a coach.
“We have a good depth in a variety of positions and that provides Jonny and I with a selection headache, which can only be a good thing.”
With a January friendly away to Rochdale Hornets already confirmed, Grady is also confident of adding at least one more friendly to the squad’s pre-season schedule: “We’re all looking forward to facing Rochdale and we’re working on atleast one more friendly before the season gets underway.
“We’ll also have a couple of training sessions with other sides like we did last season as we want to make sure that every member of the squad has an opportunity to show us what they’ve got ahead of that first league game.
“Overall, we’re all looking forward to getting back into a run of games and we’re raring to go.”
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