Jonny Howson says Neil Warnock’s passion for the latest challenge in his managerial career has shone through during the week-long stay in Cornwall and has proved infectious within the Boro camp.
Cornish trips are something of a tradition for Warnock-managed sides, and for Howson and the Boro squad it was their first taste of the manager’s south-west ritual.
“It’s been very good,” said Howson. “It’s good to come away, have a change of scenery, and have everyone together.
“You see characters come out and get to know people better than you might at home and that’s good. We’ve enjoyed it.
“The manager lives down here and that adds to it. Everyone really has bought into it. You can see he is passionate about it, he’s done this a few times, and with his success it must help.
“It has been good, and the manager’s passion has rubbed off on people.”
The week has seen training sessions take place at Liskeard Athletic’s Lux Park ground mixed in with a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, followed by a training match against the same opposition later in the week.
The second game was played in monsoon-like conditions, and Howson clocked up another 60 minutes before being replaced to watch the final half-hour, sheltering from the torrential rain under the trees surrounding the pitch.
“We did three 30-minutes and from a personal point of view I’d have preferred to stay on for the last 30 due to the weather!” laughed the midfielder. “But that’s part and parcel of it. You can’t help the conditions, you can only affect yourself.
“It was good to have another run-out. You can do running and training as much as you want, but I don’t think anything compares to playing games, and it’s good to get the minutes in this strange time of pre-season.”
Howson didn’t only clock up minutes, he also found the target, a welcome bonus for a player who had scored in every one his seasons as a professional football up to last term.
“It was nice to score,” he added. “Last season I was frustrated I didn’t score, that was my first season without one, so hopefully there’s. a few more to come now.”