Awford unsure on training-ground date

Mick Williams, Mark Catlin and Andy Awford at Roko
Mick Williams, Mark Catlin and Andy Awford at Roko

Andy Awford has revealed he is unsure when Pompey will finally move into their new training base.

The Blues are waiting for facilities to be finalised at the Roko venue before relocating from the University of Portsmouth.

Work is continuing to progress on two new pitches, while buildings containing a gym, offices and treatment room are also planned.

As it stands, though, Awford cannot put a timeframe on when all will be completed.

In the meantime, the redeveloped pitches at Furze Lane remain Pompey’s training home.

He said: ‘I don’t know when it will be ready, I have kept out of it lately because I have been busy with the team.

‘I have no idea, I don’t ask the question because I only get disappointed. So I don’t do it.

‘I’ve had a massive input into it but have done my bit now, they know what we need and what we want, it is over to them now, they have got to get on with it.

‘So I don’t really know when we’ll be moving in to be honest.

‘I am just waiting for Mark Catlin to say it is ready – when it is ready we go.

‘We won’t go until it is ready, there is no point us training when they are still putting the fence up or the TVs in the video room, it has got to be ready.

‘We need it to have its biggest impact, when that will be I don’t know.’

While the wait goes on for Awford and his squad, Pompey’s boss has no qualms over staying at Furze Lane.

The Langstone Campus has undergone large-scale improvements over the past year.

That includes the current pitch used by the Blues, situated on the opposite end of the site from the area which drew so much criticism over its surface quality last season.

He added: ‘The pitch we are training on is fantastic.

‘We are getting as much water as we can on it, it dries out really quickly because of the wind and there is nothing you can do about that.

‘But you can see the pitch is a lot greener because it is being watered all the time.

‘If we stay at the university a bit longer, it’s fine.’