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Jack Ross looks for positives from Sunderland's Portugal trip - despite 'unusual circumstances'

Jack Ross is keen to take the positives
Jack Ross is keen to take the positives

Jack Ross is keen to see his Sunderland side take as much as they can from their pre-season trip to Portugal.

The Black Cats return to training on June 27, and will fly out to Portugal shortly after as they kick-off preparations for their League One campaign.

During their stay in Portugal, the Sunderland squad will undergo a number of intense sessions designed to condition them for the rigours of third tier football.

But the squad that jets off to the continent could be very different to the one that starts the new season.

A number of Sunderland's current first team squad are expected to depart over the summer, with Ross keen to bring in some new faces of his own.

Those new arrivals may not be through the door by the time the Black Cats head overseas, meaning that the boss could find himself working with a vastly different squad on the camp as opposed to the one that will kick-off the new campaign.

But despite the 'unusual' circumstances, Ross is keen to take whatever positives are possible from the camp.

Speaking to the club's official website, the Sunderland boss said: “It’s part of the challenge [going away with a group that might change before the start of the season].

“I came in with my eyes wide-open to the challenges I would face, but certainly in this initial period, it’s a set of fairly unusual circumstances as normally any manager would tell you they would like to have as much in place as they can.

“Whatever we go with, and whatever we have at that stage, we will make the most of and we’ll get the most we can out of the trip, so they’ll be elements that stand us in good stead.”

While the trip to Portugal was sanctioned long before Ross took charge, the Scot is pleased to have the opportunity to get to know his players' on and off field habits during the trip.

And the Sunderland boss is looking forward to spending as much time with his new squad as possible ahead of the new campaign.

“The trip to Portugal was in place before I took the job, but I’m happy it was because it’s an opportunity to spend time with the players and staff.

“It’s 24/7 and that’s beneficial on the pitch as well as off it, so it can only benefit us and I’m pleased it’s there.”