Monday, 9 July 2012

Foxes return to training and offer glimpse of new kit

Warming-up: new Foxes striker Jamie Vardy
Leicester City returned to training today and did so wearing a new Puma training kit that offers a glimpse of the new 2012/13 kit and squad numbers.

Wearing number 9, new signing Jamie Vardy took part in a bleep test session with fellow front-men Jermaine Beckford, David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp before Beckford joined Neil Danns is a light-hearted session at the club's Belvoir Drive training ground later on.

Manager Nigel Pearson spoke for the first time about his new striker, stating that amongst competition it was "great" to capture the former Halifax and Fleetwood Town man.

"It's great to have him," said the City boss, "He's got lots of energy and will hopefully give us a lot of goals as well. The strengths that these new players have is that they are young, they've got desire, and they want to play for us.

"I think it's really important that players have made that decision to come here and further their careers, because we want a good season and want promotion," added Pearson, who took the opportunity for the first time to talk to the media about the upcoming Championship campaign: "People have already put a lot of added expectation from the outside, which is in some ways a complement, but we have to go out there and produce it for ourselves - it's as simple as that."

City's players wore a deep blue training kit (as modelled by Vardy, left) with the coaches kitted-out in a navy blue alternative. The trend towards a block-colour throughout the training shirts, shorts and socks suggests that Leicester may play in all-blue at home this season in a throwback to the successful mid-1990s period.

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