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READ | Millers jet off to Cyprus for warm-weather training camp

21 November 2022

Club News

READ | Millers jet off to Cyprus for warm-weather training camp

21 November 2022

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The word 'break' in 'World Cup break' implies a rest, but the hard work is only just beginning for the Rotherham United players and the coaching staff alike.

In the summer just gone, the Millers flew away to Croatia for a warm-weather training camp and proceeded to have their best ever start to a Championship season. Despite circumstances changing since then, the boss Matt Taylor still firmly believes this time will be positive for the team.

"We've got a week away of warm-weather training, good facilities, a change of environment. It will be good to get the group away,” Taylor told

"We'll try and get some team bonding in there, they don't need it, but it would be great for myself and the staff to show our true colours in terms of certain aspects of what we want moving forward.”

A notable absentee on the plane to Cyprus will be Chiedozie Ogbene, who will instead link up with the rest of the team a day or two later due to his international commitments. Ogbene received the call to once again represent the Republic of Ireland for their two friendlies against Norway and Malta.

Having just competed in two taxing international fixtures, Matt Taylor was keen to tell that not all players will be subjected to the same intensity.

"We have to use it for our benefit, get the players exactly where we want them to be. We will take the load off certain personnel, we will overload certain personnel.

"The main thing is to be sure that we've got a fully fit squad for our first game back - which is Bristol City - and everyone at a similar level.

Matt Taylor

"The players aren't always going to be at their top, top level and their peak performance because they just haven't had the six-weeks of pre-season going into that.” insisted Taylor, “But we've got to try and get them as close as we possibly can and then keep them at that level.”

Though sneak-peaks inside the camp will follow over the week, Taylor teased an overview of the plans for the squad in preparation for their return against a tough Bristol City side.

"There will be a few presentations within the week, training time, and then we'll come back here and do two weeks' worth of work which will involve some game time - possibly in-house first and then against other opposition - and then it's all focus on the next league game.” 

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