Players are working hard - Smudge

Last updated : 21 July 2020 By Millersmad

"The lads are working really hard and everyone is looking in really good shape, I feel that my fitness is down to Ross Burbeary's off-season programme." Smith told the official website.

"We've got to grind the pre-season out. I think it has been a bit tougher than normal because we didn't know if the season was going to pick back up.”

As the Coronavirus lockdown hit, the Players have been doing runs and excercise planned by Burbeary and delivered by zoom meetings online.

“I'm not used to running up and down all the hills. I think some of the time have been a bit deceiving. Yorkshire is very, very hilly, The Gaffer's pre-seasons are notorious. Germany last year kicked it all off. We were up and down hills running 5km at 7am.”

Smith has recently become a father and has used the time away from Football to spend it watching his Daughter early months.

"If the season had carried on I would have missed the first two or three months with her so getting to see her grow every day is magic, I think it has been a blessing in disguise more than anything obviously getting to spend as much time with her as possible.”

With the new season expected to start mid-September, the chances of not having fans in the stadiums to start with is high, but the Government are hoping for a fans return to stadiums in October, but in what way is anybodys guess...  We have to presume theres still going to be social distancing in place.  

However, the 28 year is looking ahead to the season with gusto.

"I can't wait. The main thing would have been playing in front of thirty and forty thousand every other week. We obviously don't know when that's going to happen again but I playing against better teams in bigger stadiums is something we're looking forward to. I think we've got more than enough to compete next year and I'm looking forward to it."