Lee Fielder finished last Wednesday's two hours of ball breaking exercise on the shore of the Solent by running home. This first pre-season training session was too easy as far as he was concerned. To put this in context he also thought it was acceptable to arrive at training dressed in long sleeved skin tight black Lycra.
So rather than driving him to his front door, Kristian Hewitt dropped Lee off at Sundays Hill as requested and left him to run home in 25 minutes flat. Exactly how Lee's opinion got back to Burridge gaffer, Pete Lyons, is not as pressing an issue to the rest of the squad as how Pete will react during this week's session. Chances are he'll take the intensity up a few notches. Not something that'll endear Lee to many of the squad, who were forced to opt out of several drills to blow hard out their backsides.
From somebody who was carrying Rich 'Chinese-Monkey' Allan on his shoulders during the piggy back relays, I thought it was a perfectly adequate physical test for a first session back in the saddle. When Kev Willsher consoled me by saying that carrying 14 stone of Richie was a tall order, my reaction was when exactly did Richie lose 2 stone? With all this exercise and preparation I sincerely hope Lee can play for a whole season for the first time since 2004.