Hard yards will be worthwhile: Bully
MACCLESFIELD Town captain Paul Turnbull admits he is chomping at the bit ahead of the new season.
The Silkmen squad have been back in training for the past couple of weeks and began their pre-season campaign with a 0-0 draw with Kidsgrove Athletic.
Manager John Askey has been pushing his side hard since they returned, and Turnbull is happy with how things have unfolded so far.
“Training is really good, the gaffer has been putting on some good running and ball sessions and I think the lads are enjoying it,” he said.
“A lot of the lads have come back really fit and we have just got to get the running out of the way and then the games will start coming and people’s fitness will be nice and high.
“Game time is really important, you can do all the running but it’s game time that you need to get match fitness and it is something to look forward to for the squad and those looking to impress.
“It is too early to judge the trial lads at the minute, there are about 15 lads in and the gaffer is keeping his eye on a few but it’s just a little too early, we will have to wait and see.”
One player who shares the same views as the Macclesfield captain is experienced defender George Pilkington.
The 33-year-old admits he has lost some of his sharpness over the summer, but hopes to get back on track as soon as possible.
“It’s been hard work getting some fitness in and testing out our legs. Getting back out there and getting a feel for it was good but I’m still a little bit rusty!” he said.
“The fitness will come over time, it’s still early days.
“It’s been nice to get back as you sit at home knowing that you’re losing your level of fitness.
“The most important thing is to stay injury-free and play as much as you can including making it through all the training sessions so we’re ready to go come the first league game of the season.”
Pilkington will have a new defender to play alongside this year after Neill Byrne joined the club.
The 21-year-old Irishman started his career at Nottingham Forest, before moving to Rochdale.
He has played for his country at under-19 level and most recently played for A.F.C Telford before sealing his switch to the Moss Rose.
‘There are about 15 triallists in and the gaffer is keeping his eye on a few’
●● Macclesfield Town captain Paul Turnbull is looking forward to the new season