Hard yards will be worth­while: Bully

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHEL­DAN KEAY

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’

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Mac­cles­field Town cap­tain Paul Turnbull is look­ing for­ward to the new sea­son

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