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West Brom defender McAuley still haunted by "horrendous" Keane preseason

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley is still haunted by one night in preseason under Roy Keane.

McAuley played for the Manchester United legend at Ipswich Town.

"We did an army camp when Roy Keane was manager - that was horrendous," he recalled to the Sunday Mercury.

"He took our phones and wallets away from us after saying: 'you've got five minutes to phone home and say you won't be home tonight'.

"It was a brilliant experience but it was tough as well, which is why I said it was so horrendous.

"We had to wear the full army kit with the boots - the staff joined in so it wasn't just us either.

"We were given a couple of strings and a sheet and told 'here you go, here's your shelter for tonight - you need to build it' and we had to sleep in the woods.

"There was no food as such - the army boys killed some chickens and a pig, cut it up and cooked it for us. That was our food - we wanted to call for a pizza.

"We only did it for one night but it felt like a week and t was a shock for everyone. It was a real eye-opener and a tough couple of days. We did have some fun too - we had a go with some machine guns, did some assault courses but I don't think we'll be getting that in Austria.

"It's a bit more reliant and controlled by sports science departments here."

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