TRAINING in the rain this summer has come as a welcome change for Kidderminster Harriers, according to assistant manager Gary Whild.

Harriers have been warming up for the new Blue Square Bet Premier season for nine days and the majority of their work has been done in the wet conditions currently blighting the country. But Whild believes it could be a blessing in disguise as it has allowed the rigours of fitness work to be completed in comfortable temperatures.

Steve Burr’s deputy also praised the players for their attitude in following the instructions of physio Gavin Crowe in keeping in shape.

“We’ve obviously been concentrating on the lads’ fitness but I think they’ve welcomed the rain,” said Whild.

“Pre-season training is normally done under a baking sun, so the rain is a refreshing change.

“The lads have worked very hard so far. We’re only a week in but, most pleasingly, all the players listened to what Gavin had to tell them and stuck to it. That means they’ve all returned looking in good shape and are working well.”

Harriers kick-off their pre-season programme at Romulus today (3pm) after Wednesday’s friendly at Highgate United was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Whild added: “At this stage, it’s not about the performance but the lads getting match fitness. This is all about building to the first game of the season at Lincoln.”