A strong pre-season is the bedrock to a successful year as the squad work alongside one another to create a strong team bond and hit peak fitness.
Utility back, Lee Smith has a plethora of rugby league knowledge, spending prior preseason camps with Super League winning teams, insisting that a well-executed preseason is the recipe for success.
“Like every first session it was tough to start with, doing things like your max testing and working outside on the field on a boggy pitch. The old back and hammies were feeling it this morning but it was great to meet all of the new players and get back in. There’s a good vibe around the place,” said Smith.
“A preseason is massive, the beginning of last year I got hit with the injury so I missed out, but it catches up with you. You need a preseason, any player will tell you that.
“No matter how difficult they may be at times you plough through because you want to reap the rewards. You need that base to start the season and once you get your match fitness it sets you up perfectly.”
The three-time Grand Final winner will be a leading voice in the Bradford camp this year, as the youthful squad mould their playing skills to begin the year well and continue throughout.
Beginning the first preseason session last night, the players had a chance to meet and greet the new recruits, following the Bulls’ impressive recruitment drive.
“We’ve made some really good signings, we are happy with where we are at the moment even though it’s early days. We all need to get used to how each other play, but we are really excited with this feel good vibe.
“There is a good attitude in the team after finishing the season off well last year, we have brought that into last night. I’m looking forward to coming back in on Thursday night and Saturday morning and continuing to crack on.”
Bradford’s enlistment has been strong both on and off the field, with the introduction of two experienced physios, Matt Dukes and Aaron Scholes, and a full-time strength and conditioner, Chris Black.
“The guys have set up a partnership with Bradford University to bring in some masseurs to help out at Tong, but bringing in Chris Black is a massive coup for us.
“He was the Leeds head conditioner when they won the treble in 2015. He’s well educated and everyone will be buying into his stuff and there is no doubt in this preseason, we will get where we need to be and start the season on fire.”