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Pre-season: 2016/17 preparations continue for EFL clubs

4 July 2016

Pre-season continues for clubs this week as the preparation for 2016/17 goes on, and many have headed overseas for their training camps.

Tenerife will be a popular destination for holiday-goers this summer, and it's also where Rochdale are hosting their pre-season tour. After a gruelling first couple of days, Sunday was a rest day for the Dale players and the physios were kept busy with rub downs and injury prevention treatments.

Read more: Rochdale's Tenerife diary – Catch up on the goings-on from day four

Brighton & Hove Albion have also travelled to Tenerife for pre-season and one man who will be joining up with his new team-mates is striker Glenn Murray, who has signed on a season-long loan from Bournemouth.

The 32-year-old helped fire the Seagulls to the League One title in 2011 and manager Chris Hughton was delighted to see the front man return.

He told “Everyone at the club, and the supporters, know what Glenn will offer us. He is a real attacking presence who can lead the line, he’s powerful in the air, and his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

“He is a different type of striker to those we have got at the club already and will give us an extra option going forward.

“Most importantly he knows the Championship well, he knows how to score goals at this level and what it takes to get out of this division.”

Delighted to rejoin @OfficialBHAFC on a season long loan. Looking forward to joining up with the squad and getting to work #BHAFC

— Glenn Murray (@GM_83) July 3, 2016

Sky Bet League Two Leyton Orient, meanwhile, have landed in Italy to start their week-long training camp, during which they will face the Italy Under-19s.

Andy Hessenthaler is the man in charge of the O's after leading the club for the last five games of 2015/16 and he has made several additions during the close-season, who will all be aiming to impress.

Robbie Weir joined following his exit from Burton Albion, while Callum Kennedy and Tom Parkes – two players who won promotion from League Two last term with AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers respectively – have also signed, among a total of seven new additions so far.

Buongiorno! Lovely weather for the start of our week-long training camp in Italy

— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) July 4, 2016

A little closer to home, Leeds United are in Dublin this week and, after arriving on Sunday, the players were able to relax before training. Defender Liam Cooper opted to get his Euro 2016 fix...

Arrived in Dublin.. Feet up watching the game before training tomorrow! ☘🏃🏼

— Liam Cooper (@LiamCooper__) July 3, 2016

Like Leeds, Blackpool have a new manager going into 2016/17 with Gary Bowyer at the helm. One of the first players to meet the new boss was striker Mark Cullen, who sacrificed some of his off-season time for rehabilitation on a hamstring tear.

The 24-year-old has hit the ground running in pre-season training and has been impressed by what he has seen from Bowyer as the Tangerines aim to bounce back from relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

Cullen told the club's official website: “I met him in the off-season, just a few days after he was appointed, and from what I've seen of him so far he's been impressive. Hopefully we can get firing and get ready for the start of the season.

“The club has had a couple of relegations, so we have to start again and move the other way and try and get promoted. We just have to be ready and we have to make sure that we're ready to fight.”

It's been a busy summer at fellow League Two club Notts County with a number of comings and goings after the appointment of John Sheridan as boss, and the club posted an image of their Meadow Lane ground looking beautiful in the sunshine with just over 30 days to go until the start of the new season!

The pitch at Meadow Lane looking fantastic in the sunshine. 33 days to go until the new season!

— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) July 4, 2016

Elsewhere, Wycombe Wanderers incorporated a time of remembrance into their schedule to pay their respects to the fallen on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth spoke about why it's important to remember those who gave their lives, and then showed the players the film of the club's visit to the battlefields in 2014.

Read more: EFL remembers the Battle of the Somme

Today the squad paid their respects to the fallen on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) July 1, 2016

Last but not least, Bristol Rovers' Chris Lines received a memorable send-off as he headed to training for another day of pre-season...

Nothing quite like going to kiss the little one goodbye before going to training, and her spewing all in my mouth 🙃😍😂

— Chris Lines (@Linesy8) July 4, 2016

Season 2016/17 starts on Friday 5th August with Fulham versus Newcastle United in the Sky Bet Championship kicking things off live on Sky Sports.

Read more: #FixtureReleaseDay – EFL Season 2016/17 fixtures announced!

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