Everton captain Phil Neville has hailed the spirit and togetherness of the Toffees squad following the completion of a successful pre-season trip to Austria, and predicts a bright future for the club and its impressive array of rising stars.
David Moyes’ squad endured a gruelling high altitude training camp in a bid to kick-start the players’ return to fitness ahead of the new campaign.
But Neville was also grateful for the opportunity for the players, coaches and even the academy stars to bond – something he feels can only bode well for the future.
“It epitomises what Everton is about, going away together, and most of all everyone really enjoyed themselves,” he said. “We all ate together, we mixed around the place, we used the same games facilities and we used the same gym.
“We had three sessions a day starting at 7am so the days were tough and the spirit and the togetherness helped us through it. There was a great camaraderie between the Academy boys and the Academy staff and ourselves.”
Neville also revealed he was particularly impressed with the conduct of the youth players on tour, and gave hope to the aspiring youngsters looking to break into the first team.
“The young players who have come up from the reserves trained with us and then there were the Academy players as well and I was impressed by all of them,” he added.
“I came from a club where youth is important in Manchester United and there is the same focus here.
“And the kids have got a great opportunity because if they are good enough then they will get a chance with this manager.”