Shawcross Feeling The Benefits

Ryan Shawcross

RYAN SHAWCROSS has revealed he is already feeling the benefits of a revamped summer training programme.

The City skipper undertook a slightly different approach to his close-season work on the advice of the Club’s Head of Sports Science Jared Roberts Smith.

Speaking to Stoke City+ out at the first-team training camp in the Netherlands, the 31-year-old defender said he is feeling in great shape as the start of the new campaign edges ever nearer.

“I'm feeling good,” he stated earlier this week. “With the new fitness coach I've taken a bit of a different approach.

“I put in a bit more work in in the summer and came back a little bit leaner, and I feel really good because of that."

“It's all about staying fit with me because I feel like I'm still a good player, so hopefully with the specific training I did over the summer, that is going to stand me in good stead for the season ahead.”

The former England international knows he has a real fight on his hands to maintain his regular spot in the starting line-up, especially with the summer arrival of Liam Lindsay and the emergence of Irish youngster Nathan Collins.

“Every year I've been at the club there's always been a number of players trying to get into those two positions,” he added.

“There's a competition there, but that's never scared me. I've always seemed to thrive off it and long may it continue.”