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Pain paying off for Hodson

8 July 2014

Lee Hodson is hopeful his hard work during the off-season will benefit him this pre-season.

, rehabbing a hip injury which cut short his first season as an MK Dons player and it has appeared to have already paid off, with the right-back already impressing in fitness-based exercises.mkstadiumHodson spent most of his summer in the medical room at

“I’ve been doing a lot of strengthening work which I needed to keep up to make sure I didn’t have any problems when I came back,” he told MK Dons Player.

“The lads had, had a month off by the time I was about to leave for my holiday so, while their fitness levels were going down, mine were getting back up to where they should be. Working with Si (Simon Crampton) and Ads (Adam Ross) definitely helped me out.

He continued: “Touch wood, the hip has been feeling good and hopefully it will stay that way when we start doing more football-related stuff.

“I want to say thanks (Simon and Adam) as well because it was their holiday time they gave up too. They helped me get through the last few months, especially when times have been tough.”

Hodson is currently in the Republic of Ireland with the first team as they look to prepare themselves for their first friendly against St. James’s Gate on Monday 14th July.

The team will be pushed to the limit during their time near the Irish capital in order to build their fitness levels and, although a tough time for any player, Hodson understands the importance of it.

He added: “Pre-season is pre-season, you know what’s going to come - it’s going to be a lot of hard work and a lot of running.

“I don’t think anyone likes pre-season because of that part of it but you’ve just got to get on with it. The more experienced you get the more you know how to deal with it.”

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