Following Chikara Fujimoto's early comments on the unexpectedly harsh training regime that the Squirrels players are currently undergoing, Tatsunori Hisanaga spoke on Friday not only about the physical demands of the Guam camp, but of the overall objectives of the programme devised by Toshiya Miura and his coaching staff. "It's not just about running, we're trying to develop the idea of good individual play, using the ball well when in possession and trying to produce effective results," he said. "We're getting things together gradually and by the time the first league game comes around, I think we'll be in good shape - ready to go.
"This year, we've got lots of new players and they're generally pretty experienced, which is the kind of thing we need to help us consolidate and move up to becoming a higher-ranked team in the division," continued the Avispa Fukuoka loan man. "But as for myself, I'm working on connecting up to the front players, improving crossing and shooting - things like that. The point is that if I can't score myself, I need to be concentrating on assists, assists, assists."
But the Ardija pre-season work has continued, with Friday seeing hard mini-games that focused on defensive tactical work, particularly with the intention of engaging Yukio Tsuchiya and the other new signings. In the afternoon, it was back to the physical side of things and different types of long- and short-distance running exercises. As goalkeeper Hiroki Aratani put it afterwards, "In all honesty it was pretty painful, but this is the job of the camp and we have to get on and do it."
Click here to launch a movie presentation in Windows Media Playerof the Squirrels' second day of training camp, from the club's official site.