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Cowley: Time To Crank Up The Intensity

Boss discusses importance of St George's Park trip

12 July 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

St George’s Park has been the focus of plenty of media attention over the past few weeks.

It was the base for the England men’s national team, who did the nation proud by reaching their first European Championship final.

But now it is Pompey’s turn to use the Staffordshire facility to further preparations for the 2021/22 campaign.

And ahead of League One action resuming next month, Danny Cowley is looking forward to taking his troops away for a week.

The Blues boss said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to keep building and for the players to spend some more time out on the grass.

“There will be double sessions all week and we can crank up the intensity and the physical load on the group.

"Going away also gives us time to bond, build relationships and understand each other. It’s another important step on the journey we’re just starting."

Danny Cowley

“We’ve already got 70km into the players’ legs and it’s been a hard two weeks with a lot of physical demands.

“I’ve been pleased with some aspects of what I’ve seen so far, but we’ve also got a lot of work still to do.

“Going away also gives us time to bond, build relationships and understand each other. It’s another important step on the journey we’re just starting.”

Pompey’s training camp comes off the back of a 5-2 friendly victory at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.

Cowley said: “We were so privileged to go to there and want to thank Paul Doswell and all the guys for their hospitality.

“It’s a brilliant football club and facility. The relationship between the clubs is really important for both of us.”


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