Pompey training plan wins support

Former Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown is keen to see the club based in the city once again   Picture: Barry Zee
Former Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown is keen to see the club based in the city once again Picture: Barry Zee
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett Picture: Joe Pepler

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Jamie Ashdown believes Pompey will benefit from bringing their training base back to the city.

The Blues look likely to leave their Eastleigh training ground and are on the look out for a new set-up.

And Ashdown reckons it will be a positive move to ensure their new home is back in Portsmouth.

Trevor Birch has admitted Pompey are looking at their options, with the Eastleigh lease weighing heavily on them.

The Blues’ former base at HMS Collingwood and a site on Portsea Island have been mooted as possible options moving forward.

Ashdown, who was the club’s longest serving player before being released earlier this summer, spent all of his eight years training at Eastleigh.

He thinks the new set-up needs to have a PO postcode.

Ashdown said: ‘It would be good to have a new training ground, especially to have a set-up in the Portsmouth area.

‘They could have open days and be more accessible.

‘That would give the fans the chance to pop in more often and see what is going as well.

‘Eastleigh is Southampton. That is going to change, though, and it sounds as if it will be nearer Portsmouth.’

With Pompey leasing their current home from Southampton’s King Edward VI School, it means they have had to share facilities in their time at Eastleigh.

Ashdown believes having a new base purely focused on Pompey would be a step forward.

He said: ‘It would nice for the players to have somewhere to enjoy when they train.

‘Even if it was not to have the restrictions like when the school comes in and you can’t be in certain places on certain days.

‘That would be nice for the players.’