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McAleny's Austria Diary

Striker talks life in the camp and the tunes on his iPhone.

McAleny's Austria Diary
Conor McAleny
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Each day throughout Everton's trip to Austria, striker Conor McAleny will be bringing you an insight from inside the camp. The youngster only signed a new three-year deal earlier this month and in this first diary entry discusses life with the first team, why injuries have made him stronger and making the most of his downtime...

We arrived in Austria around Monday teatime and the trip over wasn't too bad to be honest. It's only two-and-a-half hours on the plane, so it went by nice and quick and I had my tunes on to pass the time.
 
My first impressions of the hotel when we arrived were really good. It's peaceful, calm and the food and rooms are spot on.
 
Monday night was all about getting an early night and preparing for Tuesday - and it's lucky we did.
 
It was a tough, tough day - a triple session in really hot weather.
 
We started off in the morning with yoga and then had a gym session and a spinning class. I need to do more of the yoga. I enjoy it, but I'm not the best at it.
 
I don't mind the bikes either. I had to get pretty used to cycling on the spot when I was out injured last season, but I try not to look back now and only ahead.
 
All I will say is it was a bad time, I learned from it and I definitely feel stronger mentally now. I'm determined to use it as a positive as I crack on with my career.
 
Outside of training, it's a good group too. There's a few of us young lads and that helps. I know Lunny (John Lundstram) and Garbs (Luke Garbutt) really well, we've been playing in the same Under-18s and Under-21s teams for a few years now and it's good to be together with the first team.  
 
Me, I've just been chilling as much as I can. I've not got much energy left after all the sessions!
 
We've been playing a bit of FIFA14, me, Garbz, Lunny, Chris Long and Matty Kennedy - and I've had my music playing on my phone.
 
I've been listening to a lot of London Grammar and a bit of The Coral too - chilled out stuff.
 
Also someone I'd really recommend - Saint Raymond. He's a singer- songwriter from Nottingham. Check him out!
 
Conor.
 

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