Inside Hull City's training camp as Jaden Philogene returns amid ongoing transfer saga

Abdus Omur and the Hull City players in action at Riva
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Hull City's first full day at their pre-season training camp got under way with a 9:30am start time in the rain at Riva.

City's opening day kicked off with heavy, thunder skies at the home of the Turkish FA in Riva, a district of Istanbul - not quite the warm-weather training we expected.

Tim Walter's men were put through their paces in two lengthy sessions as they built up towards their first outing of the summer on Saturday evening.

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Here, Hull Live looks at the big talking points from the two sessions...

Jaden's return

Not on the original club flight out of Humberside Airport on Tuesday morning, Jaden Philogene was a surprise visitor when he arrived to greet the assembled media in the lobby area of the training centre. Philogene remains close to leaving the club but will remain at City until a deal is done.

Philogene didn't take part in the first session of the day nor the second two-hour stint in the blistering heat, but was milling around the complex and being pestered for pictures from staff. It remains to be seen if he'll be involved on Friday.

Almost a full compliment

Almost all of the first team players plus their five academy additions took part in the first full session. The players did have a light session on Wednesday night after arriving from England, but Thursday morning's opener saw everybody bar Philogene, Ryan Longman, Thimothee Lo-Tutala and Dogukan Sinik involved.

Double sessions

Twelve months ago, City's training schedule saw them train just once per day for around two hours, sometimes a little longer with gym sessions as part of their routine.

Under Walter, however, the players are training for two hours in the morning and then again in the early evening as the German boss looks to really hammer home his demands, which are quite a change from Liam Rosenior, in terms of how they play - more on that later in the week.

Abdus' left peg

Watching players like Abdus play with a freedom can be a pleasurable experience, and the opening session of the camp was no different. The Turkish star was a joy to watch, and in one tactical set, the playmaker rattled in an angled shot from the left edge of the penalty box into the far top corner, smashing in off the underside of the bar.

He then followed that up with a casual flick up and volley from the halfway line into the back of the net, via the crossbar again. No matter what happens in the next few weeks with regards to incoming players, the departures of Ozan Tufan and Fabio Carvalho mean Abdus has the space to become City's top creator.

Like being at home

If those at home thought the weather in Turkey would be spectacular, they'd be wrong. The early morning greeting at Riva was of thick, heavy, overcast conditions with constant drizzle.

In fairness, the conditions were largely perfect for the players. Certainly not the baking temperatures we saw last year or may yet see as the trip wears on, though it was a bit hotter in the second session later in the day.

The forecast for Riva is similar on Friday, too, though Saturday looks set fair with temperatures of 27c come kick-off time in their first outing of the summer, behind closed doors.

Hugs all around

Shortly after midday, the Tigers owner Acun Ilicali arrived at Riva to a warm welcome from Tim Walter, with the pair embracing before going off to enjoy a Coke Zero together over lunch - Ilicali's trusted tipple of choice.

Ilicali, Tan Kesler, Beri Pardo, Mustapha Yokes and Merthan Acil were all present at Riva as the self-confessed football brain team continue to work on bringing in new signings.