Everton Under-21s are currently in Dublin, Ireland, and we’ll be getting the inside track from every day of the young Blues’ pre-season training camp. Today it's the turn of winger Michael Donohue, who talks initiation songs, playing in front of Everton fans all over the world and how training has been so far…
It was an early start on Monday - we left Finch Farm at 5.30am and travelled across to Holyhead to get the ferry over here to Ireland.
We arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and had our first training session a few hours later. It involved some passing drills and a few runs as well to get our legs going again after having a few days off and a long journey.
It’s about pushing your fitness at this stage and so you’re always working hard. It’s good because it’s exactly what you need in pre-season.
We came back and after tea there were a few initiations to get through from some of the new lads. Delial [Brewster] started us off with ‘A Team’ by Ed Sheeran. He tried it at Christmas and messed up after the first line, so it was good to see him remember all the words!
Antony Evans, who is with the Under-21s for the first time, messed up his first song so he had to pick another one. He went for ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley in the end and he did alright, too!
Greg [Hurst], who is on trial, was last up. His initiation was the best. He did a magic trick where he eventually guessed someone’s card and it got a great reaction, everyone was loving it!
We’ve had two training sessions today, our first full day here. We have worked on our defending and overload situations quite a bit in the morning, followed by a lighter session with crossing and finishing in the afternoon.
I can’t wait for the game against Bohemians tomorrow. Hopefully I can get more minutes and build up my match fitness even more in time for the start of the season.
We’ve been here before for the Milk Cup and we know there will be some fans there to watch us which is great.
It doesn’t matter where you go, even in places like Dallas earlier in the year, there is always a strong following of Everton fans. It’s really good to see them in the stands and it gives you a boost, knowing how big of a Club you play for and what it means to people all over the world.
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