Yorkshire’s preparations for 2018 have stepped up a gear after members of the playing staff returned to pre-season training at Emerald Headingley this morning.
A handful of senior players, including England limited overs international David Willey, were joined by a host of young guns in a medical screening session in the East Stand nets.
“The lads have come in on an appointment basis, so they’re not all in until tomorrow when we will do a team session,” explained strength and conditioning coach Ian Fisher.
“They get some medical screening from the physios and we get to do some measures with them from the strength and conditioning side.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen the lads since they left us at the end of September.
“We are going to drip feed the testing in over the next couple of weeks after we have done some regular training with them.
“Things like the bleep test will take place after two weeks. I want the guys to have some training load in them beforehand. We are just being a bit cautious.
“The first two weeks is purely physical, it’s all strength and conditioning. After that, the cricket skills will be introduced. Both programmes then run together all the way through the winter.”
Coach Andrew Gale was present to welcome his players back, although he was minus the likes of Tim Bresnan, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid, all of whom are playing T20 cricket in Bangladesh.
“Personally, I’m refreshed,” he said. “I’m sure the lads are as well.
“It’s always an exciting time of the year when the lads come back and there’s some banter flying around.
“Our winters have always been pretty good.
“We’re doing things slightly different this time.
“We’re back in a bit earlier, but that will mean more time off after Christmas as well. Instead of having a full eight or nine-week block, the lads will have an extra week off here and there.
“The season always seems to come around quicker than you think. Before you blink it’s Christmas and then the pre-season tour comes around just as quickly.
“The main thing is to get last year out of our heads.
“What happened, happened. But we’ve all got a point to prove – every single one of us.
“That will only happen by getting around each other, creating that team spirit and being willing to work hard. Fair play, they are a hard working group.”