Albion 'lapping up' pre-season demands

Hal Robson-Kanu has said the Baggies are 'lapping up' the work required of them on their pre-season tour to Austria, highlighting the importance of strength and conditioning training ahead of the team's Premier League curtain-raiser against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, August 12.

With Tony Pulis' infamously gruelling trip in full swing, HRK said the focus is very much on getting fitter.

"All pre-seasons are tough, but this one in particular has a real focus on getting us stronger and fitter. That's what pre-season is all about so we're lapping it up.

"It really feels like this is a camp made to help us improve. You can see that in the hill sessions which are built around that.

"It's important we maintain the levels we have currently. If we do that come the start of the season then we'll be ready to go."

And fresh after signing a new contract with the Baggies, Hal said he'll be doing all he can to make sure he's in the starting XI on the opening day.

"We've got good competition for places at the moment, but you've got to back yourself and what you think you bring to the team.

"I showed that last season as I played more and more games and I'm looking forward to the season ahead."