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Andy Cale and Gary Brabin discuss training
at Four Crosses (top) as the players get back to work
SAINTS eased their way back into pre-season training today, but the players are far from being back in the old routine.
Two major changes greeted them on their return from the break.
With manager Ken McKenna away on holiday, newly-appointed head coach Andy Cale got an early chance to stamp his mark on the training regime, assisted by Gary Brabin and fitness coach Tony McHugh.
And with TNS looking for a permanent training camp somewhere in the Oswestry area, operations moved from the Runcorn Pavilions to the sun-drenched and excellent playing surface and facilities at Four Crosses, just a couple of miles down the road from Treflan.
Some 18 players reported back, with Steven Beck, Barry Hogan, John Leah and Nicky Ward all having signed new contracts.
Defender Tommy Holmes and strikers John Toner and Jamie Wood are due for talks with the management later this week.
Chris Taylor trained, but there is talk he may return to Belle Vue.
Gary Brabin faces further heart tests in five weeks' time to determine whether he can resume his playing career.
There are no new faces in the squad as yet, although McKenna has his eye on a new midfielder and a forward.
Dave Bridgwater, who is now on non-contract forms with Aberystwyth, also trained with the squad and is "keeping his options open" ahead of the new campaign.
John Leah is now approaching full fitness again after his long battle with a stomach problem last season, while Chris King is still carrying a slight problem from the hamstring injury he sustained against Aberystwyth.
Scott Ruscoe, who developed a blood clot on his leg while playing for the Welsh semi-pro side in Scotland last month, is almost fit again too.
16 June 2021
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