Motherwell announce pre-season trip ahead of Europa Conference League adventure

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Motherwell will fly to Austria in July for a week of pre-season training ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Manager Graham Alexander and his players will be in Obertraun from July 3-10 for intensive training ahead of their second round of Europa Conference League qualifying later in the month.

A return to the Premiership will be imminent after that too after securing a fifth-place finish to secure European football earlier this month.

It has been 14 years since Motherwell last used the facility, with Mark McGhee first using it for preparations ahead of the 2007/08 season which resulted in a third-place finish in the top flight, returning for the next term.

2019 was the last time the Steelmen had a summer camp away from ML1, when they were in Northern Ireland under manager Stephen Robinson.

BSFZ Obertraun is a popular destination for clubs across Europe, with AS Roma, Manchester United and Everton all using the facility previously.

Alexander said: “Obertraun is a brilliant football camp and one I’m used to being at.

“I’ve had the chance to go there several times as a player and a coach, and I think it’s the ideal base for a team.

“It’s remote, there are no distractions but everything you need to prepare for a full season. The only focus is fitness, football and team spirit.

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“We actually tried to go there last summer, but the restrictions changed all the time and it was just too difficult.

“So I’m very much looking forward to getting the group together and working hard to set the baseline for the weeks and months to come.”

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