Graham Fenton has shared his enthusiasm over South Shields’ switch to a full-time training model.

The move is seen as giving the South Tynesiders the best possible chance of finally reaching the National League North, following play-off heartache and two curtailed seasons since.

Mariners boss Fenton told the club’s website: “We’ll now be able to structure the week better so we can focus on the physical side early in the week and ensure all the players are fresh going into the weekend games and ready to give it everything they’ve got.

“All of the training sessions will now take place during the day, giving us the chance to spend more time with the whole squad to work on everything we need to get us in the best possible shape for each match. Last season, we were often only able to work with the full group once a week, and we hope this change will lead to positive results.

“It also allows us as a management team to get out and watch other games during midweeks when we are not playing matches, and generally just gives us much more scope to maximise the potential of our squad.”

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