Jags head south for friendly

Partick Thistle head south for the first pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Following a week long training stint the squad will travel to take on Gateshead at New Ferens Park, Durham.

It will be an opportunity for the players to play competitively against the Blue Square Premier outfit.

Assistant manager James Craigen said the training had gone well, adding: “It’s obviously great to be back and see everyone but it has been quite tough. We started on Monday with the fitness tests and throughout the week there’s been quite a lot of running and physical stuff.”

James played a huge role in the closing months of the season, but picked up an injury in training and missed the last couple of games of last season.

Asked how he was doing, he said: “It’s good and I joined in with the majority of the week’s training. I got a knock with the goalkeeper in training after the Falkirk game last season.”

Despite his good progress it is still undecided if manager Alan Archibald will put him on the field on Saturday.

He said: “I’m not sure what the plans are.”