ANT ‘N’ STRETCH – Sweeney to adopt different approach for Pools pre-season

Tony Sweeney gets to his feet after a heavy challenge to come away with the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
Tony Sweeney gets to his feet after a heavy challenge to come away with the ball. Picture by FRANK REID
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ANTONY Sweeney admits he will adopt a different approach this summer in a bid to prevent another season of “massive frustration”.

The 29-year-old endured a fragmented campaign last time around, a string of injuries curtailing his involvement.

Sweeney traces the source of those problems back to last close-season.

Then, instead of hanging up his boots for a prolonged period, he maintained his fitness throughout the months without football.

But Sweeney is ready to to take on a different strategy this time around.

“I have learned a big lesson,” the midfielder told SportMail.

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“Last summer I worked all the way through and tried to keep on top of things.

“Towards the back end of the season I struggled with injuries.

“So looking back I think it’s important to give your body time to rest.

“I have never struggled with injuries but this year was niggle after niggle.

“Maybe I have to change my approach during the summer and hopefully we’ll see the benefit of that next year.

“It will be hard to sit and do nothing but maybe that’s what I have to do, physically and mentally.”

Even when Sweeney did enjoy a run in the side he was far from pleased with his form, especially his usually-handsome goals return.

“It has been a massively frustrating season for myself,” he went on, a total of two goals the most disappointing since breaking onto the senior stage 10 years ago.

“I have struggled in front of goal and so has the entire team – it just wasn’t good enough.

“I want to come back next getting back to what I know I can do, and what I know the team can do.

“Goals are a huge part of that and I was disappointed with my return this season.”