Date:Friday February 17 2012
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated the need for the club to invest in new and improved training facilities.
The Swans were forced to share the Osprey's 4G pitches as close-season work to improve theirs actually caused them to deteriorate.
Further work will commence in March on the training pitches ready for next season. Rodgers is looking for the facilities to match their top flight status - and this was something that was discussed before he agreed to sign a new long-term contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Rodgers has previously shown his frustration that the club share a public gym in Llandarcy.
The Swans boss explained the situation and the problems he and his squad have experienced recently:
"People don`t realise the problems we have had. We have been on an artificial pitch for three-and-a-half months,"
"The training pitches were terrific last year but we tried to improve them even more. There was work carried out last summer and the soil that went in and old soil taken out made the surface firm.
"When the new grass was growing the root couldn`t go into the soil. It was loose. So when the players were running on it the soil was coming up.
"It was proving dangerous and also wasn`t suiting the nature of our game.
"If Premier League or other teams had to go onto it for one day then the players would be complaining. I haven`t had one complaint.
"The conditions they have been working in because of the problems with the pitches have been incredible.
"I have been fortunate enough to have worked at world class training facilities and the level we are at, that`s what we`re competing against.
"But what we have is very grounding for players.
"They are in touch with the real world. They are not in a bubble of what a lot of players are. It gives the players responsibility. It`s what I want the players to have.
"As much as we want to improve - and it`s more pitches than anything else - there`s a real positive about where we train.
"But of course we want better facilities, computer and video suites which will help us improve."
Rodgers was also more optimistic about the work that will start in March:
"There is a programme of work which the chairman and the groundsman are putting into place.
"Then we`ll have a couple of fantastic pitches."
"We hope it will provide us with a springboard for the rest of the season,"
Date:Friday February 17 2012
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