Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes | Training programmes will prepare us for play-off push

24th March 2020
First team

Skipper Matt Grimes believes the club’s specialised home-based training programme will ensure Swansea City are primed for their play-off push when the Championship season reconvenes.

With football on standstill until April 30 at the latest due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Swans have closed their Fairwood and Landore training grounds to prevent the pandemic spreading.

However, the players are doing all they can to stay in tip-top shape at home as they fulfill a daily training programme designed for each individual by first-team fitness coach David Tivey.

While match fitness is something that can’t be addressed, Grimes and co are putting in the hard yards at home to ensure they are doing what they can to be prepared when the season recommences.

Matt Grimes

“We’ve had a fitness programme designed specifically for each player, so we’re all fully committed to that to make sure we are keeping our fitness levels as high as possible,” said Grimes.

“I’ve converted my garage into a mini gym. Pretty much all the equipment I was using at Fairwood, I now have in my garage, so that’s really beneficial during these times.

“As captain I’ve been in constant dialogue with the players and the gaffer. We’ve got a great bunch of lads and everyone is sticking to the plans given to them.

“Whenever the time comes for the season to continue, I’m confident the squad will be as prepared as possible for the run-in.”

With nine games remaining, Steve Cooper’s side sit just three points outside of the play-off spots.

Although Grimes can’t wait to get back playing again, the 24-year-old – who has played in every league game this term – reiterated the importance of staying safe and following government and medical guidelines as Coronavirus continues to spread.

Barnsley Matt Grimes

“It’s obviously a very strange situation for everyone. As a footballer, you train throughout the week with the end goal of performing well and winning a game,” he added.

“For the fans, they work hard throughout the week and come to the Liberty – or wherever we are playing around the country – to follow their team. But that’s not the case now.

“We all really miss football, and I’ve been getting my fix from watching our full games on the club’s website and social media channels. Reliving the derby game against Cardiff, for example.

“We can’t wait to get back playing again in front of the fans.

“But, of course, the most important thing for everyone during these tough times is to stay safe, look after their loved ones and follow all of the medical and government guidelines.”