If the Twitter reactions by the players are anything to go by, it seems the team was worked pretty hard during their pre-season training camp in Northern Ireland this week.
Adrian Pennock took his side over to the town of Newcastle in County Down for the week-long training camp. Despite the presence of a five-star hotel on the campus, Pennock opted to house his team in the rather more spartan accommodation of a YMCA youth hostel at Tollymore National Forest to ensure his players didn’t slip into holiday mode on the trip.
And judging by these social media posts from the players as they headed back home, they were put through the mill physically but, crucially, all seemed to view it as a positive experience.
— Gabriel Zakuani (@Gabs50Zakuani) June 30, 2017
Tough week away in Northern Ireland for pre season. Proper graft that was. Now time to chill with the family for the weekend
— Mark Byrne (@Byrner_33) June 30, 2017
Not gonna lie I can't wait for my own bed tonight but it's been a week of pure graft and the best thing is it's all in the bank now. The emotions you go through on a pre season trip are hard to explain other than I think you hit every single one of them at some point #running #hills #biking #mountains #lakes #gym #circuits #football #fitness #strength #bonding #togetherness #team #gills
— BradleyGarmston#3 (@BradleyGarmston) July 1, 2017
— Alex Lacey (@alexlacey24) June 30, 2017
— Noel Mbo (@NoelMbo_) June 30, 2017
Tough week away with the boys in Ireland🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/NjXPyraoJU
— Bradley Stevenson (@Brad989stevo) June 30, 2017
— Tom Hadler (@TomHadler1) July 1, 2017
— Finn O'Mara (@finnomara) July 1, 2017
And the man behind the Gills’ trip to Northern Ireland, IFA coach Seamus Heath, paid tribute to the team with a parting tweet as the players headed for home.