West Ham United began the fourth day of their pre-season training camp in Austria with another early-morning trip to the pool.

After Wednesday's water polo tournament, it was time for some old-fashioned swimming, with each player required to complete a number of lengths of the pool - which had opened specially at 6.45am to receive the Hammers.

As you might have expected, some players were more natural in the water than others, with Mark Noble catching the eye with his range of strokes and strong style. Others, who shall remain nameless, were slightly slower completing their quota!


With the coaching staff encouraging them on, the group completed their lengths before drying off and riding their mountain bikes back to the team hotel for breakfast. There, the omelette chef was put to work again as he has been every morning of the team's stay so far!

Winston Reid

The day continued with a morning training session on the pitch, where the players worked exceedingly hard during a 90-minute session in hot sunshine.

An activation session and warm-up was followed by some three-quarter pace running and recovery and some more individual drills. In between, the players ensured they stayed hydrated and maintained good circulation by drinking plenty of water, covering their heads in wet towels and dipping their arms and heads in bowls of iced water.

Assistant manager Neil McDonald and first-team coach Wally Downes then took groups of players for keep-ball sessions before the squad came together for a 20-minute game between the two penalty areas, with Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson lining up in goal.


Earlier, the two goalkeepers worked with coach Martyn Margetson on a host of innovative handling and agility drills.

After a well-deserved afternoon break, the players returned for a short recovery session that included a cricket game and other enjoyable drills.

Following training, the staff had a light-hearted cricket match themselves that also involved a number of the players before the group rode back to the hotel for dinner and an early night.

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