Winger enjoying demanding sessions
CALLUM McManaman believes the punishing pre-season training schedule is exactly what he needs.
The winger, who joined the Albion from Wigan Athletic in January, was halted by a foot injury towards the back end of last season and featured largely as a substitute for fitness reasons.
The 24-year-old has trained regularly during the summer break and is now completing three challenging sessions a day in Austria with the rest of the squad.
But where others would be forgiven for dreading the training, McManaman insists this type of pre-season work is exactly what he needs.
“This pre-season is massive for me and the training we are doing is almost exactly what I needed after being injured,” admitted the Baggies man.
“The injury last year set me back quite a bit and I was used to coming off the bench because I wasn’t fit enough to start games.
“Getting a pre-season under my belt working as hard as we are, I know that I will certainly be feeling a lot better.
“I have already shown the coaching staff that I have come back in good shape and I am probably fitter than what they expected me to be.”
McManaman added: “Getting up at 5:30am is obviously something that we aren’t used to so it is tough.
“Getting up so early almost makes it feel as though you are earning your food.
“You will get up early and go and work hard and then come back to the hotel and have breakfast and then go back to bed and rest.
“It’s easy to see why we are training with such intensity because that is how Tony wants us to play.
“It’s harder than I was expecting it to be, the first few days have been tough but you’ve got to be ready mentally to get through the pain.”