Warm-weather training receives ‘thumbs-up’ from Darren

Albion’s warm-weather training trip to Dubai has received a glowing review from Head Coach Darren Moore.

The Baggies have been based at the NAS Sports Complex where they have benefitted from the local climate with temperatures touching 30 degrees celsius. 

Moore was keen to re-charge his players’ batteries, both physically and mentally, after a hectic festive period ahead of the Sky Bet Championship run-in.

And the boss believes the trip has been a roaring success, ticking all the boxes and more.

He said: “It’s been an excellent trip.

“I’ve got exactly what I wanted from it. I wanted to get some warm-weather training into the players.

“I brought all the players and staff out here to Dubai because I felt as though it should be exactly the same as working week back home.

“The players’ application has been spot on and we have done some great work.

“The players’ attitude to being in a different environment and a different time zone has been excellent.

“Looking back, it’s definitely been a thumbs up.

“Training in warmer weather allows you to stay on the training ground a bit longer and the concentration levels have to last longer so we’ve been able to get in some really detailed work.

“The facilities have been great. They’ve been private. The staff can’t do enough for you and we are really pleased that we’ve had the opportunity to come out here and work.

“It was important that we utilised all the facilities that were available to us and we’ve done that.

“It always helps when you get the weather because it’s a feel-good factor.

“It’s been good to bond as a whole group as well this week.

“What I want here at the club is everybody to interact with everyone and I’ve certainly seen that here in Dubai, but I also see it at the training ground.

“The atmosphere has been very good and everyone has mucked in and played their part.

“It’s great to see and it’s a culture I want at the football club.”