The Peterborough United squad are back in pre-season training.The Peterborough United first team and under 18 squads are back for pre-season training at the Mick George Training Academy with the players put through their paces as temperatures began to soar across the city.
The first team group were split into two with some working with Head of Sports Science Neal Lattimore in the gym while the others were under the watchful eye of Dave Robertson and Grant McCann out on the grass doing some small-sided possession games.
In the afternoon, the players will be completing a heart-rate max test with several other fitness work set to be undertaken.
Boss Robertson was pleased with the way the players responded to the first session. 'The players have all come back in very good shape and that is pleasing to see, but we know that they have been working extremely hard over the summer, with quite a lot of them coming into the training ground to use the facilities.
'They have worked very hard and I have been pleased with the way they have performed on the first day. They are all in good spirits and are looking forward to what we have got for them in the next six weeks. It will be hard work, but it will be a fun environment to work in.
'Before the session started, I had a meeting with all of the first team players, youth team players, management staff and the office staff because we are all in this together. When we achieve what we want to achieve it will be because we have all pulled in the same direction,' Robertson said.
The Posh manager also confirmed that Gabriel Zakuani had been given an extra week off because he has featured in three fixtures for his country, DR Congo, during the summer months. Jack Baldwin and Jack Collison are at St. George's Park working with club physiotherapist Jonathan Chatfield. Collison will join his team-mates next week at the training ground while Baldwin continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.