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Nice to be back

7 July 2017

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Notts manager Kevin Nolan is looking forward to getting pre-season preparations underway this weekend.

The Magpies will take on a Rolls Royce Leisure Select XI on Saturday afternoon (3pm) and the boss can't wait for football to return.

"It will be nice to be involved in competitive games again," he said. "Their players will give it their all and it's up to our lads to make sure they do a professional job.

"Everyone will get minutes against Rolls Royce to move them forward to next week's training sessions so we can carry on the work we have started since coming back.

"We know what we want and what we need to get out of our pre-season games."

Nolan is looking for tactical flexibility from his players, hinting he may trial different formations throughout pre-season to ensure the team are capable of adapting to the demands of a Sky Bet League Two campaign.

And the boss admits he already has one eye on the opening day of the 2017-18 campaign when Notts travel to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City.

"No disrespect to any team we play from now until the end of pre-season, but it is all about making sure we are prepared for the season," he said.

"That means we have to be injury-free with the players hitting their targets in terms of minutes under their belt.

"Everything [for pre-season] has been planned for a few months now and hopefully at the end of it the players will be champing at the bit because we have a really tough start."

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