ANDY AWFORD believes Pompey have assembled the ideal pre-season to get his men firing for the 2014-15 campaign.
The Blues are set to gear up for their League Two curtain-raiser on August 9 with a training camp in Colchester.
That’s as part of a pre-season programme which will take in games at Thurrock and Ebbsfleet near to their Five Lakes base.
Games against the Hawks, Bognor, Bournemouth and Charlton will complete the first-team’s preparations.
Awford has visited the plush Five Lakes set-up – one which La Liga outfit Real Sociedad and Pompey used last year – and is happy with what’s on offer.
He said: ‘I went up there last year to have a look at it before Guy (Whittingham) and the first team went up there.
‘Our strength and conditioning coach Louis Langdown will obviously play a major part in the fitness aspect of it.
‘He’s delighted that we can go back there.
‘We’re really pleased to go there and look forward to it.
‘The benefit of going there is the playing surface is very good.
‘They’ve told us that it is the same standard this summer as last year.
‘So we’re pleased to go there and thank them for having us.’
Awford believes there are parallels between Five Lakes and the base Pompey often used in his playing days at Woodbury Park, Devon.
He is content it will provide his squad with the right setting to focus on building fitness.
Awford added: ‘It’s a good facility. Woodbury Park is similar, which we used to go to. There are pitches and a good facility and enough little clubs around to go and play some football.’