Sheffield Wednesday: Why the Owls have decided not to go on an overseas pre-season training camp

Owls boss Jos Luhukay has explained the club's thinking behind not going on a pre-season training camp abroad
Owls boss Jos Luhukay has explained the club's thinking behind not going on a pre-season training camp abroad
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Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed their pre-season preparations will be UK-based this summer.

In recent years, the Championship club have jetted out to Portugal for a number of days to bed in new players and get players back up to scratch fitness wise.

The Owls spent five days in the Algarve last year, a trip which included three warm-up matches against Portimonense, SC Farense and Vitória de Setúbal.

And in 2016, Wednesday also went away and played Sporting Clube de Braga in Albufeira.

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But the Owls’ hierarchy have decided against going abroad this year.

Manager Jos Luhukay, who is preparing to embark on his first pre-season in charge of Wednesday, said: “We thought about going away but I have spent a lot years in Austria, Holland and Germany so know the travel always takes a lot of time out of the camps.

“When you go and comeback, you lose at least one or two training days so we have decided we will stay in England.”

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Wednesday’s players are due to report back for pre-season on June 25.

“Pre-season is always very important,” stressed Luhukay. “We have to come in a good feeling and in a good shape.”

Luhukay believes their pre-season work will lay strong foundations for the 2018/19 campaign as the Owls look to mount a promotion push.

When asked if there will be a mixture of ball and fitness work, Luhukay said: “It’s a complex situation.

“We must decide what we must do and we will try to make a good preparation. The physical side from the team and the players is very important.

“The Championship is such a strong, intensive league so you must have good preparation.”

Wednesday have yet to confirm any pre-season friendlies.

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