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'100% ready to play', says George

14 May 2020

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George Baldock is adamant he and his team-mates will be '100% ready to play' as and when the Government declare it is safe for the Premier League to return next month.

Further discussions between top club officials and club captains have taken place regarding 'Project Restart' this week and Baldock insists the Blades are desperate to conclude the 2019/20 season on the pitch.

Speaking to The Times, he remarked: "Psychologically, I am 100 per cent ready to play again. As a footballer, I can't wait. I am chomping at the bit to get back, but we do also understand that we have to listen to the Government and the Premier League.

"It has to be safe for the general public. It has to be safe for everyone. We understand that. I am sure they are working hard together to accomplish.

"Once they do, I am sure we have 25 lads, 100% ready to play. I can understand different people's concerns. I can only tell you what the lads at Sheffield United are saying.

"I've not seen one person say they don't want to play. Everyone can't wait. It's football, what we love to do. I understand, it's devastating what's been going on but once the government say yes we will be ready."

Following strict protocols outlined by the Government, United's management and playing staff have recently returned to the Club's training HQ at Shirecliffe and the ever-present wing-back has revealed what the new training routines are like.

Baldock added: "It was good to return to Shirecliffe. It is obviously a lot different; all the protocols are in place and they've been very strict with it. They have coned off spaces between each other so there's no way you're getting in close contact with people, even opening the door.

"So there's three spaces. You are only in small groups. You do your pre-activation work at different ends of the area, 10m or 15m away from each other. There is also a one-way system they have created around the place.

"You are always far away from each other. You do a bit of ball work, then we've got to walk all the way round to the astroturf, where we do a running session, again everyone is at different parts of the pitch and then we go into the gym.

"They have cleverly set up some exercises in the indoor dome, so you have all the space to yourself. It's one person in the gym with a mask on at a time, it's all just rotated round, then as soon as you are done you go home in your car, in your own kit."

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