Millwall arrive in Portugal for week-long training camp

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MILLWALL'S squad touched down in Portugal last night ahead of their week-long pre-season training camp, which begins today.

The Lions flew out from Gatwick to Faro on Sunday evening before embarking on a short coach journey along the coast to the Cascade Resort.

Boss Ian Holloway will put his players through three training sessions a day in scorching conditions, with temperatures approaching 30 degrees in the Algarve.



Carlos Edwards, David Forde and Danny Shittu have not travelled.

But a batch of youngsters were on the plane – among them Fred Onyedinma – who said: "It's really good because I'm not the only young player going.

"It helps the team bond and builds confidence. Training with the first team is great for us."

Meanwhile, Millwall are hoping to learn in the coming days whether former Chelsea man Sam Hutchinson is interested in a move to The Den.

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19 thoughts on “Millwall arrive in Portugal for week-long training camp

  • June 30, 2014 at 10:11
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    Why Portugal again? Is there something wrong with the training ground?
    Seems a waste of money to me!

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:13
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    Cant see wots wrong with having it in sunny london.IMO waste of money

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:24
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    Taking the team away is important for team building, especially for the new signings and young players. There is more time for the manager to get his ideas about tactics across. Also, having them together for a week allows diets to be controlled, so it will mean they are fitter and stronger. They clearly missed all of this before last season and it showed. Portugal is probably cheaper to go to than Ireland anyway.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:33
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    I'm all for this. Training in a hotter climate will only help with fitness. The facilities at this place are used by top clubs in Europe, so must be worth it. Works on team building and a solid week of nothing but football gets the players in the right frame of mind! Small cost now could and should mean a large plus later in the season.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:35
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    I am sure the facilities are much better than our training ground, also sends a clear message to the squad that our ambitions are high and we are not going to cut corners preparing them for the season. the rest is up to the players, no excuses!

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:48
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    I have it in very good authority that Hutchinson will be joining Sheffield Wednesday

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    • June 30, 2014 at 10:54
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      @James Porter: Que Sera Sera, might be a loss but I think there are enough risks with him to justify caution.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 10:50
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    Holloway knows what he's doing..

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  • June 30, 2014 at 11:09
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    Can the club really justify shelling out Cash for this sort of Jolly Boys outing when the training ground is more than suitable!!
    Without doubt an egregiously outrageous waste of club funds for something nobody is likely to benefit from!!
    Just seems self indulgent and unnecessary.

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    • June 30, 2014 at 11:17
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      @Den man: Cannot agree it is a terrific idea and will give IH a week to further instil his ideas into the team and get them ready for an arduous season. They are not going there for a holiday. The team will benefit, so don't be such a misery.

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      • June 30, 2014 at 11:48
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        @Peckhamlad: If your holdiays require training three time per day, controlled diet and extra strategy sesssions, you really need to call Thomas Cook.

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      • June 30, 2014 at 18:34
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        @dpendet: @PeckhamladI think time spent together as a team is a great thing, but is one week at a training camp abroad really long enough to change our mental attitude, outlook and subsequently enhance our fortunes for the coming season?
        I look forward to seeing the results first hand when we hit the turf against Leeds on opening day!

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  • June 30, 2014 at 12:50
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    How can we suggest that our training ground is adequate for this week long preparation to a new season ? Where do the players stay overnight , back at home or the Holiday Inn Catford ???!!!!!
    It's a great idea , get them away for 24 hours a day , this is business not a jolly up. Fitness can be monitored as with diet etc and minor niggles etc. As for affording it , I'm sure it's all part of a structured budget put in place and actioned by the powers that be !!

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  • June 30, 2014 at 13:24
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    Been told Hutchinson what's to.stay in London and it will do the players good to get away

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  • June 30, 2014 at 14:25
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    Great idea for team bonding, keeping control of diet and also intense fitness work in the heat. When they come back playing in the cooler English temperatures would make it seem easier to cope with.
    Our training ground is adequate for everyday sessions this is a pre season intense 3 sessions per day workout. No way would there be any booze or late nights it's strict and 100% professional.
    Keep up the good work MFC mistakes were made last season but we did not roll over like we usually do when we are looking down and out. Our board and chairman pulled it off by getting Ollie and backing things like this. We are moving forward as a club and embracing new ideas. No more "kick it forward" down the den, better training, better pitches and signs of better football...

    Millllllllll

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    • June 30, 2014 at 14:52
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      @JONO: yes your right Jono its a big step in the right direction just like when George Graham took over we use to train in Deptford park he soon sorted that out and got us promoted you need back room planning and IH is leading the way.

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  • June 30, 2014 at 15:08
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    I wish i could stop looking at this site in the summer, these stories are boring me shitless, i cant stop myself doc

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  • June 30, 2014 at 20:17
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    Did we go to the algarve in 88 ..answer big fat no and the doc got the side as a TEAM..and won the league..

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    • July 1, 2014 at 08:42
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      @Jim28: Jim that was 26 years ago footballs moved on so are we and its all putting down foundations to build on and IH is leading us in the right redirection I think that KJ had taken as far a he could just when he was at Swansea I see a much better season for us.

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