The Wanderers training camp started with games involving the club’s signed players and those trying out for the remaining spots on the squad.
Speed, skill, intensity and grit were all on show as the Wanderers training camp kicked off on Monday at Soccer Nova Scotia.
The club’s newly signed players — on the pitch together for the first time — were tested against each other as well as a number of other invited players, who are still trying to win a place on coach Stephen Hart’s Canadian Premier League squad.
“Overall the level, speed and commitment was excellent,” said Hart. ” We saw some good link up play. I was quite impressed.”
Hart and his coaching staff watched all the action with a keen-eye from the sidelines, sometimes offering words of encouragement, as the players went at it in games at the BMO Soccer Centre.
“Every time I step on the pitch, I give all I’ve got and share my experience with other players,” said Elton John, one of the Wanderers Trinidad and Tobago quartet. “It was great for our first time getting together on the pitch. We’re starting to develop and there are lots of great personalities.”
John explained it had been a different experience driving to training in a good old Nova Scotia snow storm, rather than the 30 plus degree weather he’s used to in Trinidad and Tobago.
“It’s really different weather but I like it,” he laughed.
Canadian midfielder Elliot Simmons played alongside John and said he felt like the two are already developing an understanding.
“The signs were good and I felt good, I’m learning the different movements of the players,” Simmons explained. “It’s fantastic finally getting to see everyone and everyone gets on well already.”
Alex De Carolis said the competition was fierce on the first day of camp, with a number of players still battling for places in Hart’s final squad.
“The players on trial are fighting for their lives, so the speed was up and it’s good to be here. It’s been a long time coming and now we’re working on getting the chemistry going,” De Carolis said.
The Wanderers players will be back for day two of training camp tomorrow with Hart considering some adjustments to further challenge those trying out for his team.
“We will move some players around to see how they adapt and how they fit in to what we are trying to do,” Hart said.
Now that training camp is underway, the countdown to the Wanderers first ever Canadian Premier League season is feeling more real by the day.
The club kick-off the season on April 28 away at Pacific FC with the home opener against Forge FC on May 4 at the Wanderers Grounds.
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