Tyrese Campbell showcases his finish in extra training sessions to ensure he’s ready to shoot when he returns to work with Stoke City next month.
The 22-year-old striker hasn’t had a proper pre-season since 2019 due to injury and the pandemic, and he’s determined to make the most of this summer, even before returning to Clayton Wood with his teammates.
He signed up as a coach with Josh Bill, completing an end-of-season program given to him by the club and focusing on fitness and shooting.
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“The sessions went really well with Tyrese. He looks lively, he already looks fit. His base physical condition is really good,” said private trainer Bill, who also works with Josh Tymon and former Stoke defender from Preston, Liam Lindsay.
“We are working on small things to improve his physical condition, to bring him forward and to restore his confidence to play him freely.
“His finishing was outrageous. The consistency of his finishing from all angles is incredible and I’m delighted to see him putting that to the test in the Championship next season.
“His attitude is great, his work rate is 10/10 when he works with us. He’s really looking forward to leaving, excited for the season – and so am I after seeing his sessions. I can’t wait for him to get started and keep going. He did really well.
There was a time when footballers could return from summer vacation needing to shed a few pounds at the end of the season, but private coaches are in demand for modern players.
Tymon worked with Bill when cleared during lockdown to give himself the best chance of working his way into Michael O’Neill’s plans when football returned.
Campbell missed most of 2021 with a knee injury but returned to make 10 starts and 16 sub-appearances before his season ended a fortnight early for a planned, timed minor procedure to ensure that he could return to training in preparation for 2022/23.