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Baldock's desire to finish the season

29 April 2020

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George Baldock acknowledged the bigger picture of the Covid-19 pandemic but is adamant the currently suspended Premier League season should be played to a conclusion if safe to do so.

Speaking to the local media on Wednesday, Baldock commented: "I see the bigger picture here, people have lost loved ones, people are dying, people on the frontline have contracted the virus and sadly died, it's really sad.

"But with football, I just can't see the logic of starting something without finishing something. That's not me being biased with the season that we've had, I just feel that for the integrity of the game, no matter how long it takes, you've got to finish what you've started.

"It's not like we've played four or five games, some teams have nine games left, some have 10. I think we've got to finish this one before we start the next one, definitely."

"I'm up with anything to finish the season, I just think whatever sacrifices we have to make to finish the season we will do it, there are sacrifices being made ten-fold by frontline workers and others that are working, sacrificing their lives to save this country."

Meanwhile, the popular defender was pleased to back at Shirecliffe earlier this week, as the players start to return to training individually for testing and specific sessions.

He added: "It felt great, but a lot better before than it did after, after what we got put through.

"It was good to drive in, see a few familiar faces from a distance and it gave me a bit of positivity that things might be getting back to normal soon.

"Each player got a watt bike, which has been linked up to our phones and heart rate monitors, so we've been on that every morning for an hour or an hour and a half. It's been tough and a lot of the lads would agree with me. then another session in the evening either on the bike or a run in the park.

"We've also had to do leg weights; a lot of the lads have taken weights home from the training ground or some of them have a bit of equipment at home.

"Everything has been recorded, we've had to send in video evidence, so no stone has been left unturned. The manager is keeping a keen eye of us and I'm sure we'll come back better than ever.

"I actually feel really fit, we've had to stay on top of our weight. There's been no shortcuts, you've got to do the work and if you don't, there's fines in place. If everyone has done it and I know they have, everyone will be fit and judging by the runs I did the other day, it was positive, and I felt fit."

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