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New Lads Hit The Right Note

31 July 2012

Dougie Freedman’s squad were back out on the training pitch yesterday evening following their morning session and the sun was still shining at 5pm over the secluded resort in the Malaga mountains.

The players trained for just over an hour before coming back to the hotel for their evening meal, before returning to their rooms for some much-needed rest ahead of their final training session the following morning.

While the coaching staff put the players through their paces, Jonathan Williams was also hard at work doing some rehabilitation work with Physio Alex Manos. The players continued to work as hard as ever despite the hot weather conditions and as they came off the pitch the attention soon focused away from football.

Every new player that joins the squad has to sing a song in front of the squad as an initiation process and a lot of banter was flying about as to what they would be singing.

Hip-hop was the choice for both Joel Ward and Aaron Wilbraham as they stood in front of the squad holding a bottle of HP sauce for a microphone, whilst Aaron Martin opted for some RnB.

All of the lads gave the new signings a round of applause following their songs, but it is safe to say that Simon Cowell will not be calling them to record a single when they return to England later in the week.

After the impromptu music concert in the dining area the players went off to get changed after being given the afternoon off. While the majority of the players were seen heading to the beach via taxis, Dean Moxey and Peter Ramage decided to hit the golf course.

Dougie Freedman took the time to speak to the official website about Palace's pre-season trip and how the support of the owners allowed the excursion to take place at such short notice.

“After the flooding at the Exeter training camp I went to the board and asked them to dip into their pockets to fund a pre-season trip away to Malaga in Spain, which they did.

“Jamie Fullarton who joined the club as the development coach used some of his contacts in Spain to set the trip up and it has worked out very well both on and off the field.

“The players have trained very hard over the last few days and the trip has allowed them to bond as a group. This afternoon some of the players have gone off to the beach and some are playing golf ahead of our flight home tomorrow.” 


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