Close: New facesÂ can make difference for Pompey
Ben CloseÂ believes Pompey's new recruits can help them deliver promotion.
The Blues midfielder anticipates the new faces at Fratton Park helping his side bridge the gap from League One pretenders to the real deal.
Kenny Jackett has so far recruited five playersÂ with Louis Dennis, Ronan Curtis, Tom Naylor, Craig MacGillivray and Lee Brown the menÂ through the door.
The challenge for those playersÂ is to help the side who finished eighth in the third tier last sesaon achieve promotion.
With the nous gainedÂ from a year in League One for the existing squad, Close feels those additions can make the difference.
He said: 'It's realistic (to gain promotion).
'We've strengthenedÂ from last season and hopefully we can make it a great year. With the additions we've got we've brought something else to the team.
'˜We can take a lot from last season and we've had a full year in the league. We can take confidence from that.'
Close made 45 appearances last termÂ to take his total in a blue shirt to 72.
That's after four outings in the 2016-17 season with 14 games arriving under Paul Cook in the 2015-16 campaign.
The Southsea talent got nine matchesÂ under his belt in his maiden 2014-15 season under Andy Awford.
The appearance challenge for Close is to continue in the same vein as last season while bridging theÂ gap to the top two.
He added: 'I'm no different.Â My aim is to play as many games as last season, and, on top of that promotion is the aim for everyone.'