The Wright diet for David

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne - Credit: Richard Blaxall

Diet, flexibility and fitness are the cornerstones of any modern-day footballer.

But that was not always the case, as Colchester United’s experienced midfielder David Wright can testify.

Wright is the model for any aspiring young footballer – the 33-year-old ex-Crewe, Wigan and Ipswich stalwart has kept himself in the peak of condition over the last couple of decades.

U’s manager Joe Dunne has recently introduced yoga into his squad’s weekly routine of fitness and conditioning, which gets Wright’s approval.

He has long been a fan of yoga, to increase flexibility, and has also long ditched the eating habits that were considered the norm back in the 1990s.

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“When I got into Crewe’s first team, in 1997, my pre-match meal was a bacon sarnie and a cup of tea!” recalled Wright, in the build up to today’s visit of Wolves.

“That’s the way it was, and that’s only 16 years ago.

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“But things have moved on massively since then. Of course now I wouldn’t dream of having a bacon sarnie, though maybe I’d still have a cup of tea!

“The manager has also introduced yoga, which I’m a big fan of – I’ve been doing it for a number of years now.

“I got it introduced to me while I was at Ipswich.

“Then when I went to Palace (in 2010), the first six to eight months we didn’t do it, before Dougie Freedman (then-manager) introduced yoga to the training.

“And coming to Colchester, I think it’s great that we are doing yoga here now. I think it’s a big, big part.

“It’s amazing how a 19-year-old kid can’t get within eight inches of his toes bending over, because his hamstring and hips are that tight.

“So if we can increase all the lads’ flexibility, it’s only going to benefit them through (avoiding) injuries.

“Ryan Giggs is a good example. He got a lot of hamstring problems earlier on in his career, but ever since he’s done yoga, he has hasn’t been injured as much, and he’s still playing at the highest level.

“So if it can benefit Ryan Giggs, it can benefit David Wright!” added Wright.

Warrington-born Wright is again set to play alongside Craig Eastmond, in the heart of midfield, against third-placed Wolves this afternoon.

And rather than a pre-match bacon sarnie, he will be following a stricter regime.

“Breakfast for me now is usually porridge, something very carbo-loaded, with lots and lots of water, and maybe a cup of tea!” confirmed Wright.

“Pre-match meal is your choice, usually either chicken, pasta, beans or scrambled eggs on toast, with lots of fruit – certainly not bacon sarnies with loads of red sauce on!

“The night before as well, I used to tend to eat anything going, which my Mum cooked for me.

“But now its all carbo-based, with all the protein drinks. That side of it has always interested me.”

Signed from Palace at the start of this year, Wright’s U’s debut coincided with a 2-0 home win over Walsall, which brought an end to a depressing run of nine straight defeats. Today will be his 22nd league appearance in a U’s shirt.

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