Saturday, 21 July 2012

Foxes' Open Training Session: Picture Special

Leicester City today completed a first open training session at the King Power Stadium in front of a bumper crowd.

Kit launch: Some 5,000 fans packed the Family Stand this morning

Training: City's players are put through their paces

New boy: Jamie Vardy shares a joke
with new teammate Danny Drinkwater
Around 5,000 supporters flocked to the family stand to greet their heroes and watch Nigel Pearson's new men for the first time. Only Sean St Ledger - resting still after international duty - was not present and all but one of the Foxes' squad completed a full session of drills, games and shoot-outs in what seemed to be a well-spirited, light-hearted event.

Only new boy Richie de Laet failed to complete the full hour, citing later that a quadriceps niggle saw him sit-out the latter stages. Meanwhile, fellow newcomer Jamie Vardy impressed as he was sharp in the box and at ease with his new teammates.

For reaction from Nigel Pearson and more EXCLUSIVE images from the day, click here or 'Read more' below.

Looking-on: Leicester City manager
Nigel Pearson
Pearson was pleased that so many fans turned-out to see the players, sporting their new Puma home strip for the first time.

"We wanted to get out there and interact with the fans so it was good to see such a good turn-out and, with us having a new brand and a new kit, it's been a worthwhile day for a number of reasons," said the City boss, "In terms of a training session it was something of a warm-down, but to launch the kit it was great for the fans to come along and see the players in it.

"And what a great turn out. They will have seen the players in a different light today, there was some good humour in there, and I think they enjoyed it."

Sunny day: Andy King, David Nugent and Ben Marshall join their
teammates in the dug-out to catch some rays
Queues: The amount of fans attending is unconfirmed, but exceeded the
club's expectations

Sprinklers: David Nugent cools down during the session

Workout: Kasper Schmeichel is put through his paces by
goalkeepers' coach Mike Stowell

Mischievous: A distracted David Nugent plays with the goal net 

On target: New man Matty James plants a header on target

Applause: Pearson thanks the fans

Nearly number one: Conrad Logan

Laughs: Jermaine Beckford

Favourite: Schmeichel waves to a fan

Warming-up: Paul Gallagher

Making a return? Martyn Waghorn

Tidying-up: Mike Stowell

Long range: David Nugent

Fizzing: Beckford takes a shot

Take a breather: Waghorn and Nugent

Taking the cross: Manager Pearson

Sharing a laugh: Danns and Vardy

Greeting supporters: Liam Moore

Thumbs-up: David Nugent

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