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BENNETT: A CHANCE TO BOND

7 July 2016

Winger enjoying Ireland trip

Pompey’s squad crossed the Irish sea at the start of the week as their 2016/17 preparations stepped up another gear.

Paul Cook’s side are based in County Meath and have already faced Sligo in their opening friendly.

It is far from a holiday for the Blues, however, with gruelling training sessions coupled with gym and pool work.

Kyle Bennett, however, feels there is another reason why they needed to leave Portsea Island.

The winger said: “It’s good for the new lads and we’ve got a few of them this year.

“Everyone gets a chance to gel – on and off the pitch – and learn about the different personalities.

“I get on with all of them and I already knew Curtis Main from when we played together at Doncaster.

“They’re all nice fellas who are easy to get on with and that’s going to be key for us if we want success.”

Pompey let slip a three-goal lead to draw with top-flight Irish outfit Sligo, but Bennett insists there is little to glean from that.

He said: “It’s just a matter of building yourselves up and the games are key. You might not always play well, but you need minutes under the belt.

“Fitness is the important thing at this stage and you’re looking to grow stronger as pre-season progresses.

“Results don’t really mean much, although you should always strive to do your best whenever you take to the pitch.

“All the lads are looking forward to the competitive games, but for now we just need to look ahead to each training session and take things as they come.

“We’ve got Bohemians on Saturday and it will be another good test for us, so we won’t be taking them lightly.”

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