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SWINDON TOWN: Fit Ferry ready to make baby dash
SWINDON Town’s rigorous pre-season fitness training looks set to benefit Simon Ferry in both his private and professional lives.
The midfielder was due to return with the rest of the Town squad from the club’s tour of Italy today, where the focus has very much been on running, stamina and body strength under the fierce Lake Garda sun.
While a fortnight of hard graft will undoubtedly have put Ferry and Swindon in good stead with the start of the 2012/13 campaign rapidly approaching, the 24-year-old could find himself using his recently-heightened fitness levels for pressing matters closer to home in the not so distant future.
Ferry’s girlfriend is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in Glasgow midway through next month and, without a driving licence to his name, the former Celtic man said he may have to resort to a little extra running practice.
“My missus is due soon, in a couple of weeks, but she’s up in Glasgow so it’s a bit of a nightmare because I don’t drive,” he told the Advertiser.
“When I get the phone call that she’s gone into hospital I’ve got to get up to Glasgow so I could be running up there.
“I’d rather get the plane but if it’s at three in the morning I don’t know what I’m going to do, I haven’t really thought about it yet.
“I’ve not really planned this very well, I’ll probably end up missing it but the missus is worried I won’t get up.”
After the scorching heat of northern Italy, Ferry is looking forward to a return to the somewhat soggier scenery of southern England.
And he can’t wait for the domestic leg of pre-season to get fully under way with the trip to Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday.
“Obviously it’s great to get home, it’s been a long two weeks running every morning and tactics in the afternoon,” he said.
“It’s been 30 degrees or so every day and it’s been hard to run in, the boys have been sweating. It’s raining in England. Everyone will be disappointed but we’ll be buzzing to get back to a bit of rain.
“The heat here with the two games will have got us even fitter and it will be good to get back to a few pre-season friendlies.
“Training every day is hard work but you’d much rather get some games in as I think that is where you get your proper fitness.
“We ran a lot but nothing compared to the fitness we got from the two games, even the one we won at the start was hard graft.”