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Pack Reveals Roomie Truths

Marlon Pack has revealed an exclusive insight into life on the road as a Bristol City player.

Manager Steve Cotterill, his staff and players will spend five nights in a hotel ahead of away fixtures at Colchester United and Doncaster Rovers, having departed for Essex yesterday.

But midfielder Pack, who rooms with Aden Flint, says the experience is not for the faint-hearted.

“I feel sorry for the cleaners having to come in in the morning!” he told Bristol City Player.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to experience some of the smells that come out of him, but I do enjoy his company and we do get on really well. There are always a few laughs.

“We’ve got Love/Hate to watch, which comes highly recommended from Greg Cunningham. It’s an Irish thing so we’ll see how that goes, but I’m sure we’ll batter him even if it is good.

“We’ll let the odd lad come in but we do like to be with ourselves because we big each other up. He tells me how good I am and I tell him how good he is, so it’s perfect.”

Such excursions have become common practice after previous extended stays between games against Port Vale and Fleetwood Town in September, and Gillingham and Doncaster over New Year.

“We’re used to it now,” added Pack. “In a sense you do get sick of the boys but sometimes it’s hard to because they’re such good lads.

“The travelling does take it out of you and being on a bus for four hours is not ideal, so when you’ve got a hotel bed straight after training it is good – as much as it can be a bit boring at times.

“On the whole the results have been half-decent when we’ve done that, so it’s a credit to the club for looking after us. I don’t think you get such good treatment [anywhere else] in League One or even the Championship.

“I’m sure by the end of the week it’ll make it sweeter if we can get six points.”