Baraclough is pleased with progress
SLIGO Rovers manager Ian Baraclough (pictured) is pleased with the progress to date as his side continue their pre-season preparations.
Rovers have just returned from a training camp in Jersey and the Rovers boss said everything about the trip had been "really good."
Baraclough said of a 4-0 win over the Jersey FA: "The result wasn't the be all and end all but it is pleasing to come away with a clean sheet.
"We looked solid, we looked organised, our fitness levels are looking very, very good.
" We played on a difficult pitch. It had been raining on it all day and it was cutting up and I think the boys tried to pass and play the way we normally try and do."
Baraclough said the players performed "under fatigue"
"We were tired before we started. You take that into consideration. We had double training sessions and triple training sessions on Thursday and Friday. I though they went and applied themselves really, really well. It has been a great trip. We've got a good workout with the game but I think there has been a lot more to it," he said.
Baraclough said the links between Rovers and Jersey were now forged.
He added: "We've had a wonderful welcome and were honoured to be invited over. They spoke about the possibility of coming over to Sligo next year and hopefully we've started a friendship that will go on for many, many years. It is a great place to come and certainly there are good facilities and everything about the trip has been really, really good."
Baraclough said: "I think we're a week to 10 days ahead of schedule. You look at the fitness levels and the players are buzzing really. In the third game in, you don't expect them to be that way."
"One or two of them have got 90 minutes under their belt. For a third game I wasn't expecting that and they coped with it really, really well."