Happy, and rightly so!
How amazing is it to be another couple of weeks or so from pre-season training knowing that Pompey pretty much has a squad in place.
A decent squad at that too!
This squad is full of players with potential, or proven ability and willingness to be here, that will actually benefit us.
What a far cry this is from recent seasons, we seem to have gone into pre-season for years now scratching around for cast-offs merely to met criteria, in many cases, to simply take our place in the league...
Guy Whittingham made early moves to secure the signing of 7 players, Monday's securing of Johnny Ertl meant that a 5th player from last season was convinced to sign a permanent contract with us, a few were on longer contracts anyway.
When you look at this squad - on paper - while some might not be household names you can see a good balance of youth and experience, with a decent amount of quality running through the spine.
So many of this squad also have experience of playing in, some actually gaining promotion from, league two - some even have experience of league one looking potentially further ahead too!
A few more tweaks and we are done!
Midfield is where we are still a bit light, and if Jed Wallace does end up moving on even more so, so I would expect this to be the area that Whittingham looks to add a player or a couple of players more - remembering the academy and development sides will pad out the squad further.
Whittingham, as he has said he is, has every right to be happy!
He has put together a decent squad and did this early on to ensure we can gain the maximum benefits from this going into pre-season to make sure we do this throughout late June and July as opposed to throughout the season, as we usually have in recent seasons...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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