The season ahead - thoughts? (PompeyJake)
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1 - Are you looking forward to the season? (Expand on more than just 'yes or no' please!)
I've never not looked forward to the start of a season and this year is no different. After the Euro's and the Olympics last year, this summer has been particularly boring in terms of sport so I have been counting down the days to the start of the new Football League season since about June!
2 - What are your hopes/expectations for it?
I've been a little concerned by how most people think we're going to just walk this division. I remember a year ago, we beat Bolton in a preseason friendly 3-0 and the chants all game were all promotion related. Fast forward 9 months and we're in league 2. Also, being based down in Exeter now, I've got the chance to watch a lot of League 2 football this last year and there are some decent teams in this division.
I think given the fact our budget is about average for league 2, I think we can expect to finish in the top half of the table. I would almost bet my share on that. Playoffs would be a bonus and if we go in with good form, who knows.
3 - Which summer signing are you most excited about?
The arrival of Simon Ferry has excited me. He came on briefly against Rayo and looked fairly sharp considering he was playing with the team for the first time. He could be the playmaker in the middle we need to feed off the front men.
4 - Players we have lost we have lost for a reason but which one, if any; that has gone do you feel we will most miss?
As I'm writing this, Rocha hasn't re-signed yet. I think he would be a big loss at the back as his experience and the passion he plays with is a great asset for the back line. Having said that, I don't know how suited for league 2 football he is.
5 - Your tip for the player of the season?
I think Jed Wallace, given how well he played towards the end of last season, could well scoop this. The club have managed to keep hold of him for now which I believe is a great move for both sides. Jed needs first team football consistently and he can be guaranteed that at Portsmouth if he keeps playing like he has. If he can match his form from last season in this, he could be one of the best players in this division.
6 - Do you plan many, if any, Fratton visits this season?
Now I'm based at Exeter Uni, I've given up my Season ticket. However, I still made 6 games last season and I plan to do about the same this time around too. I already have my Oxford ticket and will probably make one more game before term begins again. One thing that does unfortunately hold me back is cost. £15 for a young persons ticket is expensive compared to other League 2 teams. Exeter is a fiver for a game!
7 - Which club, if any, are you most looking forward to coming to Fratton?
Well it has to be Exeter I'm afraid. I've made friends with quite a few Exeter fans who are relishing the trip up to us and I know I'll never hear the end of it if they get a result! Having said that though, Rochdale and Cheltenham play good football so those games should be good too.
8 - An away day? Is there a club you are most looking forward to us going to?
Again, its Exeter. The stadium is about 50 yards from my house. I'm just praying I'm able to get tickets to this. I'll be absolutely gutted if I can't! I'm also looking forward to Plymouth and Torquay though too. One of the benefits of being in this division is that there are a lot of league 2 teams near me!
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