Defender enjoying early stages of pre-season and says the group will be in good stead come the start of the campaign.
- “Gaffer demanding the highest standards” – Pearce.
- Former Leeds United man impressed by new arrivals.
- 27-year-old hopes to have positive impact on young players.
Defender Pearce, 27, signed for Latics in January from Leeds United and was an ever-present as the club attempted to stay in the Sky Bet Championship and he’s glad to be back in action ahead of this season’s Sky Bet League One campaign.
“I’m really excited for the start of the season,” Pearce said.
“Pre-season has been warm, but it’s just part of football now, all the lads have come back quite fit and the coaches have been quite impressed with the levels and continue to work us hard so we’re ready.
“It’s been really positive, the gaffer has put across his ideas, the training has been good and the new lads that have coming are hungry to succeed and that’s exactly what we need at the club.
“The board and the manager want a successful season and they’re bringing in some good players to support that. As a player who saw what happened last season, it’s positive to see since I’ve come back in so I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.”
Pearce and the squad head to La Manga as quite a new group with new arrivals Richard O’Donnell, Donervon Daniels, David Perkins, Max Power and Sanmi Odelusi continuing their settling in period.
And Pearce believes the trip to Spain will help the players continue become accomplished in their new team.
“It’s tough in La Manga,” Pearce said of the physical work the club are doing. “It’s part of football going on tour, it’s a place I’ve never been to so it’s a good experience but the focus is on getting ready for the first game.
“The new lads have done well; I think it’s easier when there are quite a few new lads - on top of the fact there’s still some fresh players from last season – so we’re gelling well and the young lads are hungry to succeed.
Pearce in pre-season training with Billy Mckay and Craig Morgan.
“I’m just being myself, helping the young lads out if they need helping and there are some other senior players in the group too and we all just want to make them feel welcome and feel positive about the club.
“We got relegated last year and it’s up to us to put it right and I think the club are looking at the right type of player to come in and make it a good squad come the start of the season.
“It’s a real family club here and that’s something I’ve said before, people want to be a part of the club and I’ve really enjoyed it – hopefully I’ve got lots of good years to come here.”
Pearce has also been full of praise for manager Caldwell and how he’s gone about his early training sessions with the squad.
Gary Caldwell during pre-season training.
“The message from the gaffer is about setting the highest standards in everything we do, off the pitch and on the pitch,” he added.
“He wants us to train hard and well in order to be ready to take that onto the pitch in matches.
“Clubs I’ve been at before haven’t got the footballs out so quickly and there has been lots of running but I’ve enjoyed the balance this year and it’s been really beneficial because you get your touch back quicker.”
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