Plans confirmed as Town travel to Algarve to prepare for the Championship campaign
Mark Robins will take his squad to the Algarve as part of the preparations ahead of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship season
The Terriers will play two friendlies – one behind closed doors and another open to the public – during their week at the Vale de Lobo complex (click HERE
for details) from Sunday 13 July.
Town’s opposition has only just been finally confirmed; the Terriers will play League 1 Doncaster Rovers, who are also training in the Algarve, behind closed doors on Tuesday 15 July before an open game against Sporting Club Olhanense on Saturday 19 July; 7.30pm start at their 11,500 capacity Estadio Jose Arcanjo. Based on Olhao, the Stadium is just over 16 miles from Vale de Lobo.
The Portuguese club, which was relegated from the Primeira Liga last season, features the likes of former Portuguese international goalkeeper Ricardo, Nigerian international midfielder Cristian Obodo and ex-Everton Dane Per Kroldrup among its ranks.
The game against Sporting Club Olhanense will be Town’s first overseas match open to fans since the pre-season build-up of 2006.
Admission to the game will be priced at €10 for adults and €5 for under-13s at the gate.
The Town squad will then return to Huddersfield on Sunday 20 July.
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Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins explained:
“The pre-season schedule is one of the most important parts of the year for the squad and it is crucial to break up the long month of physical work. I’m delighted we’ve managed to accommodate this trip to Portugal in our plans.
“Last season’s trip to Spain was exactly what was needed at that stage of our pre-season preparation and I expect this year’s journey to the Algarve to step things up to another level. The facilities are excellent and trips like this are always good at bringing any new players closer to the squad and forging team-spirit and togetherness, which helps to make us strong on the field. With new people in the staff too it’s a great chance to get together and to begin to focus.
“Having a period of almost guaranteed warm weather is fantastic for our plans, and the fact that we can incorporate two games within against testing opposition in these challenging conditions is ideal.”