Paul Cook and his team set to travel to Spain this week as pre-season steps up another gear following a 2-1 victory at Tranmere Rovers.
- Pre-Season: Latics travel to Spain for next stage of Sky Bet Championship preparations.
- Paul Cook looking forward to further squad integration for new recruits Leo Da Silva Lopes, Kal Naismith and Chelsea loanee Reece James.
- Follow everything from Spain on wiganathletic.com and across our social media channels as we head out with the squad.
Pre-season preparations move on to the next stage in the coming week as Paul Cook and his Latics players travel to Spain following an opening pre-season friendly 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
Christian Walton, who agreed to return on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion for the 2018-19 campaign, will link back up with the squad in Spain following pre-season training with the Seagulls in Austria, as will club captain Samy Morsy who was allowed extended leave following his involvement in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Speaking about the opportunity to get away from the squad's usual surrounding, the boss said:
"I think for a long time 'warm weather' training was the key because it guarantees the weather to train and practice shapes, but also for me as a manager it's a time to get away and if you have got new players it integrates them into the group.
"The days of booze filled trips are well gone now. We'll go out for a meal together and stuff like that, but it's a lot more professional in that respect.
"It's an enjoyable week away for the lads and it's a great opportunity for us to outline our plans for next season and what we want to achieve."
Speaking to iFollow Latics after their win at Prenton Park on Saturday, first team coach Anthony Barry added:
"It's going to be a great week for our team spirit. Time spent together face-to-face for a week will be really good for the lads. We go out there and we'll spend a lot of time training, but it's also essential for us to spend time getting to know each other even more and building those bonds and relationships that we can take onto the pitch."
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