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Boro winger relishing hard preseason training

Boro winger Adama Traore insists that experiencing the gruelling Austrian training camp this summer will greatly benefit the squad for next season.

The squad have spent nearly a week training in Austria in preparation for the new season under Tony Pulis, and as their time comes to a close it is safe to say it’s been a tough journey for them.

Adama and his team mates have endured challenging fitness work mixed in with gym sessions and time on the pitch. And the Spaniard admits that although it has been hard, it should put the Boro in better stead for the new season.

“It’s been hard, particularly the fitness work, but it’s been good for the team and to be working in a different style,” Adama said on Middlesbrough FC’s official website.

“Everyone is happy, and when everyone is happy you can get results in whatever you are doing and looking to achieve.

“The gaffer did say it will be tough and it would be hard and this is what we expected.

“Whatever is the work, the gaffer puts in a lot of planning, and we do it and work hard, and give 100% in what we do.

“The first thing what the gaffer’s objective is, is to work mentally as a group.

“This is good for everyone because it makes you strong. It puts everyone together, and it puts the group forward.

“If we have bad moments in the season or in a game, we have this experience that we’ve been through together and mentally to stay strong.

“We’ve been enjoying all the work we’ve done so far and you enjoy it because you feel fit.

“You feel good and of course we’d like to show the work we’ve been doing when we play, but it’s our only one and there’s a long way to go yet.”