Date: 30th July 2009 at 11:03pm
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Shots midfielder Lewis Chalmers spoke to earlier and appears to be itching for the new season to start.

He said ‘Pre season has been going well really except the Farnborough match which, to be honest, was a bit of a nasty one with the result. I thought we let ourselves down on the night. The Brentford match was much improved though and I thought we were the better team.

‘In pre season results are not too meaningful and it is all about fitness. If we win against Darlington the pre season results will not mean anything.’

He also speaks about the arrival of conditioning coach Sean Faulkner and the good progress being made in training.

He continues ‘Training has been good and has been different. The hour or so that we do with Sean Faulkner has been excellent conditioning the body and working the lungs. We do core and muscle work too before going out running and working with Kuhly and ‘The Gaffer’.

‘It’s hard work but enjoyable. Sean said when he first arrived that ‘Hard work is pain but pain is success’.

‘The target for every player is to be in the starting line up on August 8th. We have plenty of competition in midfield. It gives the gaffer a headache and I just hope that I am one of the players who will hopefully not be unfortunate on the day. I want to make sure that my performance speak for themselves.

‘I thought that I finished last season strongly but to be honest I think that I owed it to the gaffer, the team and the fans. I felt that I let everybody down in the first half of the season after having a good campaign in the Conference.

‘I expected more than I produced but I hope supporters think that I finsihed strong and I am now looking forward to the new challenge ahead and I wouldn’t change my job for the world.’