Marc Bola and Marcus Browne, who both spent the second half of last season away on loan, have begun their countdown to the new campaign in earnest.

The duo joined summer signing Grant Hall on the training pitches on Monday under the watchful eye of the club’s Head of Sports Science Frances Hunter.

Bola made five appearances for League One Blackpool after joining them in January, and last played in early February.

In contrast, Browne’s season ended in July when his Oxford side were agonsingly beaten in the League One Play-Off final by Wycombe. Marcus had scored a decisive goal in the semi-final first leg against Portsmouth, one of five goals he scored in 16 appearances for the club.

Full pre-season training starts for the Boro first team squad next week.

Take a look at photos in the gallery above.

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