Brian McDermott will take his Leeds side to Slovenia in an attempt to replicate Reading's 2011/12 season.

McDermott has visited Slovenia twice already as Reading manager with his last trip being the start of a title winning season for the Royals.

The Leeds manager acknowledges how important pre-season tours are and hopes the trip is as successful as his previous ones.

Yorkshire Evening PostHe told the “It’s important to get away with the staff, players and the fans. I believe big numbers travel for pre-season with Leeds, which is great. .

“I think it’s really important we get that bond between players, staff and fans. Sometimes, you have the opportunity to meet the fans closely in pre-season and it will be good to be out there with them."

He continued: “I have been out to Slovenia with Reading twice and I know the hotel and training area, which is important. I actually went there last week to check over everything to make sure everything is fine."

Leeds will travel out to the training camp in Slovenia to spend ten days at the start of July playing three matches against local sides.

They will then come home to play friendlies against Walsall, Stevenage before rounding things off at home against Bundesliga side Nuremburg.

It may still be four-weeks before pre-season officially starts but McDermott has already issued training programmes to ensure the players keep their fitness level up.

McDermott finished by saying: “The lads are training now. Once they come back properly, they will be ready. That is what I am absolutely certain of.

“The players have been given a programme to adhere to. Once they have that programme, they stick to it and when they come back on June 27, they will be fine.

“The only issue we might have is if they don’t stick to the programme. But I am 99 per cent certain they will and make sure they are right."


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