Work underway for Hammers in Austria

West Ham United arrived in Austria on Sunday evening to continue their pre-season preparations at a private training camp.

Alan Curbishley and his squad have travelled to the remote village of Bad Radkersberg, near Graz, to make use of the warm weather and purpose-built facilities, with the new Premier League season now less than four weeks away.

Hammers will face two friendly matches during their week here, against Czech outfit Sigma Olomouc on Tuesday and Italian side Lazio on Saturday, while double training sessions will be the order of the day as new Head of Sports Science Nick Davies helps the players build their fitness levels.

Assistant Manager Mervyn Day explained the benefits of jetting off to mainland Europe for a week after the 35-strong party touched down on Sunday evening.

"The main thing is that we've got them 24 hours a day!" he says. "If we want to give them a nice early wake-up call for a morning run, then they'll have to be up and ready!

"Seriously, it will be hard work for the boys, but we are looking forward to it. It's a change of environment, a chance to get away from the training ground, and we've got a couple of decent matches lined up.

"It will also give the new players a chance to bed in, get to know the other lads a bit better, while we also have a few new guys on the coaching and backroom staff, so it will benefit them too."

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