Kyle Jordan wants Worksop Town to be the fittest in the league

Worksop Town boss Kyle Jordan wants his side to be the fittest in the league when football returns following the global COVID-19 outbreak.

By Matt Brooks
Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 3:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 10:48 am
Worksop's players have been tasked with being the fittest in the league next season by boss Kyle Jordan
Worksop's players have been tasked with being the fittest in the league next season by boss Kyle Jordan

The Tigers have not played competitively since the 2-0 win at Chasetown on 14th March and have not trained after the government's advice against mass gatherings and guidelines on social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The FA have since outlined its intentions to expunge all results from the 2019/20 season at Step 3-7 of the non-League pyramid, which includes the Northern Premier League, meaning no promotion or relegation in what it deemed the fairest conclusion.

While Jordan has already started his preparations for a return to action, whenever it is deemed safe to do so.

Tigers boss Kyle Jordan. Pic: Lewis Pickersgill.

"I'm trying to keep myself sane by going out and running and I know the boys are doing the same because I speak to them most days," Jordan told the Guardian.

"I know first hand how difficult it is sometimes.

"I've got myself fit by going out running on the roads a number of times but it's very different when you get to an 11-a-side football game.

"It's totally different.

Tigers with the 2018/19 NCEL Premier Division trophy. Pic: Lewis Pickersgill.

"The players have got to look after themselves.

"I've made it clear to them ever since Christmas that moving forward I want us to be one of the fittest sides, if not the fittest team, in the league.

"We will inevitably lose some of the players moving into next season, we'll also look to bring some in and there'll be some of the current squad that stays with us.

"Everyone will get the chance to knuckle down over the summer.

"A lot of the boys have been saying they've no time to get fit - well that's no longer an excuse.

"Every pre-season there are always two or three lads that come back and surprise you.

"I'm sure I've been one of those in the past where I've been hopeless one season and come back fit and done alright the next.

"There are always boys who will surprise you, who will go away and knuckle down when people aren't watching and come back looking the real deal and ready to go."