West Ham United have touched down in the Republic of Ireland ahead of a six-day pre-season training camp in County Cork.

The Hammers will train up to three times each day before taking on League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City at Turner's Cross on Sunday, with sessions split between the pitch, swimming pool and gym.

A 6am start at the Boleyn Ground was followed by an Aer Lingus flight from London Heathrow which left on schedule, but was forced to circle Cork Airport for 30 minutes until fog on the ground had cleared.


On arrival, the players - sporting their new 2013/14 adidas trainingwear - happily signed autographs and posed for photos with supporters before boarding a coach for the drive to the team hotel a few miles east of the city.

There was an unforeseen detour due to the main road to the team hotel being closed, but the squad and staff were soon able to check-in and freshen up ahead of lunch.

The players were then given an hour or two to rest before walking the short distance to the on-site training pitches for their first session in Ireland. There, they went through a circuit of three activation drills with strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo before doing some interval running under the guidance of fitness coach Eamon Swift.

It was then time to swap the trainers for the boots for the first time as assistant manager Neil McDonald led the outfield players through a keep-ball session, during which he constantly encouraged every player to keep on the move to help increase their fitness levels.

Elsewhere, Jussi Jaaskelainen and new team-mate Adrian worked with goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson before the session finished with a stretch-off and a visit to the nearby gymnasium.

Exclusive coverage of the Hammers' first day on the Emerald Isle is available on whufc.com, West Ham TV and the Club's official Facebook and twitter pages.

West Ham kick-off the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season on Saturday 17 August, when newly-promoted Cardiff City are the visitors to the Boleyn Ground.