Bournemouth skipper Simon Francis: You can’t return to preseason out of shape

first_imgBournemouth skipper Simon Francis says returning for preseason out of shape is no longer an option.At 32 years old, captain Francis is one of the more seasoned members of a squad which finished a club-record ninth in the top flight in 2016-17.Francis told the Daily Echo: “It is very important, especially when you get a little bit older.”I can’t run through a lads’ holiday and then come back and try to run it all off in pre-season, that’s for sure. It’s definitely not those days from 10 years ago.”Times have changed. You can’t do what you want and come back overweight and not in shape. You are only going to slow yourself down and go to the back of the queue.”We work hard in pre-season and anyone who doesn’t come back in shape will get found out.”I have to be honest, all the lads come back in great shape and ready to work hard and why wouldn’t you when another season in the Premier League awaits us?”last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are in wait-and-see mode when it comes to two of their most important players.The organization is awaiting word from quarterback Carson Palmer on whether or not he’s coming back for 2017, with Larry Fitzgerlad coming back.A report circulated Tuesday that Palmer’s Arizona home had been put up for sale and he had pulled his kids out of school.Wednesday morning, Cardinals vice president of media relations Mark Dalton tweeted a quote from Palmer on the subject that seemed to clear things up. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Saints won 48-41. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Straight from Carson Palmer this morning : pic.twitter.com/abqoFpmREh— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) February 1, 2017Of course, that doesn’t provide an answer on the question of Palmer’s 2017 availability. It doesn’t mean he’s hanging up his cleats, either. It just clarifies a report that had been floating out there.Following a loss to the New Orleans Saints in mid-December, Palmer was asked if he planned to return for another year.“I haven’t even thought about that,” he said. “I expect to. I’d like to.”Palmer, 37, is coming off a solid 2016 season during which he completed 61 percent of his passes for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns. If he chooses to return for next season, it would be his 15th season in the league and fifth with the Cardinals.The organization added a year to Palmer’s contract last summer — a one-year extension worth $24.35 million that would make him a free agent following the upcoming season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKlast_img read more

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