Bully Wee boss Barry pre­pared

Clyde all set to shape up for new cam­paign

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Will Hen­shaw

Clyde boss Barry Fer­gu­son says prepa­ra­tions for next term are well un­der way.

The for­mer Rangers cap­tain has re­turned fol­low­ing a short break with his fam­ily and he is rar­ing to go.

Speak­ing to the Clyde of­fi­cial web­site, he said:“I had a great time be­ing away with my fam­ily but it’ll be good to get back out there and start work­ing again.

“We ac­tu­ally had all of the boys in for a meet­ing and a re­laxed chat not long af­ter the end of the sea­son and that went re­ally well, but the hard work be­gins now. I’ve al­ready had meet­ings with Bob (Mal­colm) and Mark (Roberts) and we have the whole pre-sea­son sched­ule mapped out, right up un­til the first com­pet­i­tive matches.

“Dur­ing my ca­reer I al­ways felt that I got more out of pre-sea­son in terms of fit­ness when it was done that way and I’ve worked with a lot of fit­ness coaches who agree.”

“I’ve very much got my way of do­ing a pre-sea­son - yes, there’s a time and a place to go for a long run but I be­lieve in do­ing as much as pos­si­ble with a ball in­volved.”

Barry con­firmed that four friendly matches had been ar­ranged so far, in­clud­ing a game against Low­land League side East Kil­bride on Satur­day, July 11.

“We’ve got the High­land Tour, East Kil­bride and a closed door match against Queen of the South. I’m con­sid­er­ing a fifth match and I have some op­tions for that, but I haven’t made my mind up yet. I don’t want to play too many matches and also bear­ing in mind that we have two cup games be­fore the league gets un­der­way.

“The High­land trip will give us two re­ally tough matches but it will also be great in terms of get­ting the boys away as a group. It’s some­thing I’ve been plan­ning since about Fe­bru­ary, but I had to duck and dive as fund­ing it was dif­fi­cult. We also had to give the play­ers plenty of no­tice so that they could or­gan­ise time off work.”

And Barry was also pleased to an­nouce that Ross Fisher has signed a new deal with the Bully Wee, ex­tend­ing his stay with the club to the end of the 2015-16 cam­paign.

The 21-year-old de­fender joined Clyde in Jan­uary from ju­nior side Troon and went on to fea­ture in 14 matches dur­ing the lat­ter part of last sea­son.

Clyde man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son said, “Ross was keen to stay at Clyde and we’re pleased to have him on board. He did well last sea­son and he will in­crease the com­pe­ti­tion for places at the back.”

Rar­ing to go

Clyde man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son is feel­ing re­freshed

Friendly Clyde will face East Kil­bride FC (blue and gold) in pre-sea­son

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