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Albion line up warm weather training camp

Albion have arranged a warm weather training camp to help the squad best prepare for their league and cup schedule.

Head Coach Darren Moore will take a full party of players and staff away following Saturday’s key Sky Bet Championship clash with Norwich City at The Hawthorns. 

Albion are taking advantage of the rescheduled TV clash at Bolton, which goes ahead on Monday, January 21 and kicks off an intense run of fixtures throughout the remainder of January and February.

The Baggies have booked a five-day training trip to Dubai which Moore believes can be hugely beneficial to his players and which he explains had been part of his plans from the earliest days of the summer.

“I had this trip at the back of my mind within a couple of days of my appointment but we had to wait for our FA Cup result before finalising plans,” said Darren. 

“All we are focusing on at the moment is the Norwich game which is going to be another tough fixture in the schedule.

“We have got a couple of extra days to prepare for the Bolton game which follows and I believe it will be very beneficial for the players to get a change of scenery, a change of rhythm and get further quality training under their belts.

“This trip will give us the opportunity to work hard on the team’s development, of their work in and out of possession and their capacity to cope with all the different challenges the Championship can throw at you.”

Unfortunately, the trip has meant that a supporters’ club dinner to celebrate the Albion careers of Chris Brunt and James Morrison this weekend has been postponed.

The two Baggies legends, who between them have totted up more than 730 appearances, were the subjects of a special tribute which had been scheduled to take place at The Hawthorns on Sunday in an event organised by the Albion’s Official Supporters Club.

Chris said: “We are both really touched and honoured by the idea of the dinner and we’re really sorry to have inconvenienced everyone. But we are trying to set an alternative date now and hopefully, when it finally does take place, we’ll all have a great night.”

Official Supporters Club officials have been busy contacting the capacity near-300 ticket-buyers to give them the unfortunate news. 

Chairman John Homer said full refunds would be available on request and added: “It’s a decision we have taken with the utmost regret.

“Having James and Chris and their families with us was one of the major attractions of the dinner and we did not feel it right to press ahead once we heard that they could not be there.

“The circumstances were beyond our control but we are now scouring the calendar to try to find an alternative date.

“Naturally, we apologise for the inconvenience this has caused everyone but I am sure we will eventually get the chance to pay our tribute  these two great servants to the Club.”

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