New Hartlepool United signing Kudus Oyenuga is undergoing intense double fitness sessions in a bid to get him fit for the new campaign.
The 22-year-old’s fitness levels are way below what they should be, according to boss Ronnie Moore.
So he has devised a specialist fitness programme, in conjunction with strength and conditioning coach Craig Hubbard, to get the ex-Tottenham Hotspur youth match fit before the League Two season kicks off on August 8.
Oyenuga wasn’t involved in the squad for the 4-0 defeat at home to Scunthorpe United, a move which raised eyebrows among supporters.
But Moore revealed afterwards that the coaching staff believe he will benefit more from taking part in his very own pre-season from scratch.
“Kudus’s fitness levels are really low and they should be better,” Moore told SportMail.
“Rather than get him involved in a game we decided he is basically going to be doing his very own a pre-season.
“He spent the morning [of the Scunthorpe match] with Craig, our fitness coach, and he is having morning and afternoon sessions for around six to seven days.”
Oyenuga had been involved in the pre-season friendlies against Whitby Town on Friday night and Spennymoor Town the day after.
But he looked off the pace, compared to the rest of his teammates.
Moore took the decision not to include him in the squad heavily beaten by League One Iron.
But he still has high hopes for the wingman at Victoria Park.
Oyenuga arrived at League Two Pools with a good pedigree, having been a graduate of Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy. Oyenuga, from Walthamstow, signed a two-year deal at White Hart Lane in 2011 before going out on loan to MyPa Finland and with Bury and St. Johnstone.
After leaving Spurs, the wide man moved to Conference South outfit Hayes & Yeading where he quickly got among the goals to attract the interest of Dundee United who signed him in 2013. He played on loan at Scottish Championship outfit Cowdenbeath last season, scoring five goals in the process. On signing, Moore said Oyenuga has seen his form drift but believes he will prove a great signing - once fit.