Shaun Wright-Phillips bounced into Portland last night with a huge smile on his face and determination in his heart.
The Blues star has been kicking his heels in Los Angeles after a break following World Cup duties in South Africa and whilst he admits the disappointment of not going further in the competition has still to fully subside, he is ready for some intense training in the run up to the start of the season.
“This isn’t work for me it is pleasure;” he said while liberally distributing hugs to his teammates as he prepared for his first Portland gymnasium session.
“It was disappointing what happened in the summer at the World Cup but now it is time get the head down, pull on the boots and get on with it again.
My only focus is to get on the pitch and do my thing. I am delighted to be back with the lads and straight into the craic and the banter
“At the end of the day playing football is all about enjoying yourself and if you cannot do that you will never be happy.
“I was in LA for a while being well looked after and now I am ready to go. There’s not one problem and I am looking forward to playing again.”
Wright-Phillips was joined on the training field at Nike/Umbro HQ in Portland by skipper Kolo Toure who had a tortuous journey from Africa.
England midfielder Gareth Barry is set to make his return in New York later in the week when new signing from Barcelona Yaya Toure, Kolo’s brother, will meet his new teammates.