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Palace Put Through Their Paces In Austria

14 July 2014

Crystal Palace's players are being put through their paces during a relentless pre-season programme in Austria. 

The Eagles jetted out to Graz on Thursday and have been handed an intense schedule by manager Tony Pulis as he whips his side into shape ahead of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.

The squad have been taking part in three sessions every day with the first of those taking place at 6am - and the players have also been faced with gruelling 2.5km bike rides between their hotel and training base.

Training on the trip has mainly entailed fitness work, but the team have also been playing small-sided games and worked on their shape on full-sized pitches.

The camp will culminate in Palace's first pre-season friendly of the summer on Wednesday night, when they take on GAK Graz, before jetting back to London on Thursday.   

Palace's assistant manager Keith Millen believes that fixture will act as a reward for the players for all of their effort and application during their stay in Austria.

He told "They've been fantastic. It's been a shock to the system for all of us to be fair - a little bit back to the old times!

"We've got the lads up at six in the morning for their first session, then we have breakfast, they have a sleep, then we are back out at 12 before lunch, they have another sleep and then we go out again at five. We've done that every day. 

"But the lads' attitude has been spot on. You can see they've looked after themselves during the summer, so we have been able to crack on with them." 

To see a photo gallery from today's afternoon session in Austria, check out our official Facebook page. 

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