Date: 2nd July 2015 at 6:22pm
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Striker Alex Nicholls and midfielder David Wheeler have both spoken about their delight at now having made a pre season return following the off season break.

Both interviews are carried by the Official Site so we’ll started with 27 year old Nicholls who is beginning his first full season with Exeter following his September arrival on loan from Northampton before that was made permanent in the January window.

With his move to us on loan last season largely to continue his fitness recovery from an injury, he admits he’s kept himself fit over the summer so he can hopefully hit the ground running but he certainly hasn’t overdone it.

‘It`s gone quickly – it was nice to have a break and spend some time with the family on holiday, but it is always nice to get back in as well. I feel well rested and recovered from last season and I am ready to go again. I feel like I have found a good balance over the close season and ticked over nicely and I am ready to go.’

Having had pre season last year with his former club, it did follow almost two years out of the game with a broken leg, so this summer is more of a return to what he knows, and he’s obviously thankful of that.

‘I kind of feel normal again now. Last pre-season, I was in a lot of pain although I did manage to get the sessions done. But I am in no pain now and I am enjoying the work. For me now, all of this is about gearing up to be ready for the first game of the season and trying to make sure I am in the starting XI and I want to give myself the best opportunity to do that and to do that well.’

Nicholls made a total of 32 appearances for us in 2014-15, with a return of five League Two goals.

Moving onto Wheeler, his focus was more on the build up to the first two games of the season – the League Two opener against relegated Yeovil Town and the Capital One Cup opener against Swindon Town.

In his own interview, he explained.

‘It`s a common cliché that you can`t judge anything on pre-season. You can have a terrible season after starting well, and vice versa. But that said, the whole pre-season is gearing towards those first two games of the season. Every player in every week of the season is going to be gunning for a place in the starting line-up.’

With the club putting on training sessions over the summer for the players who wanted to come in and use the facilities as opposed to training on their own and the like, Wheeler explained that pre season in the modern game was slightly easier as on your return you were naturally in a better shape, but you were also eased into things before the real endurance and stamina work began once more.

Of course, having spent time in non league football earlier in his career, this is a marked change from those days.

‘Because you have less time in non-League, you have to be training hard every time you come in. Now it is a lot more about the conditioning, because we`re going to be training every day. The surfaces are hard and there`s more time to ease yourself in. It`s a lot more professional here. I`ve been doing some conditioning over summer – nothing too heavy and no big running or lifting big weights. I`ve been doing injury-prevention things mostly.’

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