Pompey have training Plan B

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey have insisted they have an ‘acceptable’ Plan B during the wait to use their new Roko training home.

The Copnor Road site will serve as the Blues’ training ground from this summer, replacing the University of Portsmouth’s Furze Lane.

Work is already being carried out on laying fresh pitches – yet it will not be ready in time for the start of pre-season training on June 26.

Last summer’s preparations were hindered by essential work on playing surfaces at the University’s Langstone Campus, with St John’s College stepping in as a temporary measure.

The team also used facilities at Five Lakes in Colchester during a six-day stay at the hotel and resort in July last year.

Andy Awford, though, is adamant a good alternative is in place for this summer as a stand-in to Roko in the build up to the 2014-15 campaign.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘I’m not sure when it is ready – but it won’t be ready for the start of pre-season.

‘We will train somewhere acceptable for what we need until the training ground is ready and then we will go there.

‘We have Plan B until then, there will be no quick fix and we have got to get that right.

‘It’s very important we don’t rush it and turn up and train on it and it’s not ready and the changing rooms can’t be used or whatever.

‘It’s not just the pitches, the whole environment has to be right before you go on it.

‘The changing rooms, the gym, everything has got to be ready before we set foot in the place.

‘I will make sure we don’t go there until it is 120-per-cent ready to go.’

The club are still finalising contractual details over a long-term lease for the Roko pitches and facilities before officially announcing the deal.