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City set for Tenerife trip

26 January 2013

Phil Parkinson's Bantams are set to leave behind the wintry weather of England for a few days as they embark on a spot of warm weather training on the island of Tenerife next week.

Parkinson's men will spend Sunday to Wednesday on the island, with the squad expected to use the trip as a chance to recharge their batteries after an extended first half of the season, while also taking advantage of Tenerife's warm climate to get a decent block of training in.

The vast majority of Parkinson's playing staff are scheduled to travel, including injured duo Andrew Davies and Luke Oliver. Of the group of professionals within the City squad for this season currently holding squad numbers, only Adam Baker is not set to travel due to his loan period at Harrogate Town.

Parkinson said: "It (the trip) is going to be highly beneficial for the lads. It will also be crucial to people like Andrew Davies, who began running again this week, in his rehab from his injury."

"To get a decent surface to train on and hopefully some warm weather, that should help people like Andrew.

"Along with Andrew, it will also be good to bring people along like Luke Oliver because he deserves to be part of all of this as well.

"The trip was planned after the Arsenal (Capital One Cup) match as a bit of a reward for the lads, but it is also something which will help to galvanise the squad a bit more as well.

"I think the lads deserve this little trip away - they have worked extremely hard - but we know that there is still a lot of hard work needed between now and the end of the season. I think this trip will help with all of that.

"Obviously when we get out there, there will be a period of down-time for the lads - I think they need that. 

"Also though, it will be a trip to spend some time on the training ground. 

"We haven't really had much of a proper chance to do that recently because of the weather and all the games we've had.

"I'm sure there will be many benefits to these few days away."

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