Triple swoop has Cotterill winning his game of catch up

Greg Halford's arrival is a big boost for Steve Cotterill
Greg Halford's arrival is a big boost for Steve Cotterill
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For too long they have been lagging behind, now Steve Cotterill is convinced Pompey are rapidly catching up.

This week’s triple swoop for Stephen Henderson, Luke Varney and Greg Halford has boosted the Blues squad to 15.

In addition, £130,000 of work is continuing to be carried out on training pitches at the Wellington Sports Ground.

What’s more, at the end of next week there is a pre-season tour to America, at last finalised following months of effort.

For Cotterill, the pace is slowly picking up.

There is some way to go before they can challenge the leading pack, but the Blues boss is growing ever confident.

He said: ‘We are behind a little bit of everything at the minute.

‘We are behind the grass growing on our training pitches because we didn’t have the money to set it up and get going quick enough.

‘We were behind putting pre-season together and we are behind obviously with our players.

‘But now we have got a real good month to try to crack on and make ourselves as strong as we can for the start of the season.

‘Having said that, we are on a far better footing than last year.

‘The new owners have put £130,000 into the training pitches. If they hadn’t taken over there would have been no way we would have had these training pitches done to the standard we wanted.

‘The pitches weren’t even this good when the club was in the Premier League, so we are delighted with that.

‘As for America, it took us a little while to get the back end of pre-season sorted because a close friend of mine sorting out America had been poorly – and I mean very poorly.

‘I thank him a lot for that because he stayed with it through some tough times.

‘Now we have a trip to America which will be nothing like last year, absolutely nothing like it.

‘It is just a player issue now, that is where we are behind.

‘But we are continuing to progress and that is encouraging.’