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Lowe: Top Training And Shocking Singing

Winger looks back on a successful Irish trip

6 July 2018

Jamal Lowe in training
Photo: Colin Farmery

Hard work and bonding were the key advantages of Pompey’s pre-season trip to Ireland.

Jamal Lowe certainly believes it was a valuable experience – even if some of the new recruits’ singing left a lot to be desired.

The Blues spent a week at the Fota Island Resort, which included a 4-1 friendly victory over nearby Cork.

And Lowe hopes the gruelling training sessions undertaken will translate into a successful season on the south coast.

The winger said: “It’s my first time on a pre-season trip away and I really enjoyed it.

“We saw each other every day and all had dinner together, so it was a good chance to mix and get to know all the new guys better.

"I can’t even remember what he sang, but it only lasted for about five seconds – I was not impressed."

Jamal Lowe

“They had to do their initiation songs and I don’t know who was the best, but I can definitely tell you who was the worst.

“That was Ronan Curtis. I can’t even remember what he sang, but it only lasted for about five seconds – I was not impressed.

“We’ve been working hard in training and have been lucky with the weather. Those double sessions will be useful in getting us ready for what will be a long season.

“Everyone’s hoping we can do better than last time and finish inside the top six – whether that’s the automatic places or the play-offs.”

Pompey will face the Hawks in their second friendly of the summer on Saturday, with a certain World Cup quarter-final clash starting not long after it.

Lowe said: “We watched England beat Colombia together and everyone’s excited for the Sweden match.

“Obviously we’ve got a game on Saturday, so I don’t know what I’ll do yet. I might just stay at the ground to see it.

“My prediction now is that J Lingz is going to score the winner in the final, assisted by Rashford. That’s what I’m going for.”

Lowe will wear the 10 shirt during the 2018/19 campaign, having had 18 on his back last term, but is not copying a certain Arsenal superstar who has selected the same number.

He said: “I just think that 10 is better. It’s a new season and so I wanted a new start. Mesut Ozil had nothing to do with it – I changed first!”

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