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Wells looking to kick-start preparations in Portugal

Nahki Wells believes Huddersfield Town's pre-season trip to Portugal will serve as crucial preparation for their Sky Bet Championship season.

Mark Robins, the Huddersfield manager, and his squad left England on Sunday for a seven-day stay at the Val de Lobo sporting complex in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal.

Town will play friendlies against Doncaster today and local side SC Portimonense next Saturday. They then return to England in time to face Guiseley next Monday.

Striker Wells, Town's £1.3?million club-record signing who notched seven goals after joining from Bradford City last January, told The Huddersfield Examiner: “Pre-season is a time few players really enjoy, but we all know how important it is.

“We'll be working hard out in Portugal, but we will have a change of scenery and the chance to really focus.

“Every day and every training session takes you a step closer to being ready for August [when Town kick-off their Championship campaign at home to Bournemouth]. It's the same with the friendlies — the results might not be of major importance, but every minute you get on the pitch matters.

“You have to make the most of each opportunity and ensure you stake a claim to be involved in the first league game and be ready to hit the ground running.”

England held a pre-World Cup training camp at Val de Lobo. The complex has also been used by Real Madrid, Manchester United, Sunderland and Cardiff City.

Important preparations: Wells, right, and his Hudderdfield team-mates are on a pre-season trip to Portugal

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Published July 15, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated July 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm)

Wells looking to kick-start preparations in Portugal

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