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Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT says a team bonding session at a local go-karting circuit earlier this week proved a huge success among the Stoke City squad and backroom staff.

The senior team and coaches swapped balls for go-karts following training on Tuesday as they let their hair down and got to know one another a little better behind the wheel. 

It’s the second such exercise the side have undertaken this season after striker Benik Afobe revealed in September that the players had come together for a ten-pin bowling session.

With 10 players brought into the Club over the summer, Rowett told that he believes such sessions are an important way to help build a better team spirit amongst the squad.

“It’s something that they’ve perhaps not done much of in the past and I think you have to try to do that where some of the players who have come in during the summer get a chance to mix in a social setting, rather than a than a football setting,” the manager expressed.

“They have the chance to chat with each other and get to know one another a bit better away from football. That’s the way you build a team spirit. 

“Of course you do that first and foremost by winning games and working hard on the football pitch but it’s just something different for them which will help.

“I believe, because I wasn’t present, that Tom Edwards won it, in a rather unexpected second place was Rory Delap from the staff side, and Jack Butland was third. I’m told it was very competitive!”