Boss out to make Rovers sweat

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Paul Dickov’s itinerary for the trip to Portugal unsurprisingly does not contain time for relaxing in the sun.

The Rovers squad jetted off this morning for a five day training camp.

And Dickov’s hand luggage contained a particularly short list of planned activities - intense training, intense training and more intense training.

“It’s going to be a lot of hard work,” Dickov said.

“The whole thing is going to be getting them away and living in each others’ pockets 24/7, building that team spirit up.

“It’s making sure they work hard in the intense heat as well. They will be doing three sessions a day.”

Dickov’s first pre-season as Rovers boss has been characterised by hard work on fitness and that will continue throughout the trip abroad.

Bonding the squad together is one of the main aims of the trip.

But Dickov does not go in for the likes of whitewater rafting and believes true bonding work can be done on the training field: He said: “It’s just going to be training.

“There will be team bonding in there but we’re looking to get some real quality work into them and hopefully we’ll arrange a game while we’re out there.”

Mark Duffy confirmed his place on the plane on Saturday evening when he completed his signing from Scunthorpe United.

The 27-year-old’s move down the M180 proved a protracted affair but he signed a three year deal shortly after his Rovers debut in the 0-0 draw with Motherwell.

Duffy joins for an undisclosed fee.

Jean-Yves Mvoto will also travel with a two-year contract for the Frenchman expected to be confirmed today. He was also expected to sign on Saturday but an issue with the paperwork held up his deal.

One new signing who will not be on the plane is Spanish midfielder Marc De Val Fernandez.

The former Real Madrid ace suffered a serious knee injury in a heavy clash with Motherwell’s Paul Lawson and left on crutches.

Fernandez will have a scan today but Dickov’s fear was that it would be ‘months rather than weeks’ before he would be available again.