Blyth Spartans boss Michael Nelson heaps praise on players as they attend voluntary fitness sessions
Blyth Spartans manager Michael Nelson has revealed the lengths his players are going to in their preparations for the new season.
The former Hartlepool United defender has overhauled his squad during a hectic summer with several former favourites returning to Croft Park.
Hopes are high that Spartans can move on from two challenging years that saw them struggling at the wrong end of National League North table.
Although their first pre-season fixture is still just under a month away, Nelson praised his players for putting in the extra hours to ensure they are in the best possible condition during the close-season.
He explained: “The players have taken responsibility for their fitness throughout the last six weeks or so and they have been coming into the club to do sessions with Neash (physio Gary Neesham).
“Of course, as a management team, we are really pleased to see them going that extra mile and showing their professional attitude because we can only do so much in the time we have them.
“They’ve done this off their own backs, nobody has asked them to put in the extra work and the supporters have to realise this is a group of players that will do everything they can to move this club forwards.
“There is still work to be done, but they have got a head start on their preparations for the new season and we are in a good place ahead of the return to training.”
Spartans kick-off their pre-season schedule with a visit to Northern Premier League East Division club Marske United on Saturday 10th July.