JACK WHATMOUGH was all at sea during Pompey’s trip to the Algarve.
But the central defender’s progress continues to please the Blues as he rehabilitates from a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The 18-year-old has been a member of Pompey’s squad for the six-day stay in Portugal, which ends today.
Rather than staying at home to maintain his fight for fitness, Whatmough was invited to accompany his team-mates for the bonding trip.
He subsequently spent his time in the Algarve working closely with physio Sean Duggan on the long road back to fitness.
Part of his schedule involved Whatmough taking several early morning swims in the Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by Duggan.
In particular, Tuesday morning was extremely cold for a lengthy dip from 8am, while his team-mates carried out other training drills on the Vale do Lobo beach.
Meanwhile, Whatmough has been working away from the group with Duggan on grass during other training sessions held at the picturesque Portuguese complex.
The attitude towards rehabilitation from the Gosport youngster has impressed Paul Cook, who last week added Christian Burgess to his central-defensive ranks.
However, Whatmough is still looking at being sidelined until just before Christmas as he continues his battle back.
In the meantime, Burgess, Adam Webster and Paul Robinson will battle it out for the two central-defensive positions in Cook’s starting line-up for the pre-season opener at the Hawks on Saturday, July 11.
Whatmough damaged his knee late on in March’s 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town at Fratton Park, in a seemingly innocuous slip.
Then-manager Andy Awford instructed the limping youngster to play on until it became apparent the injury was more severe than many initially believed.
It unfortunately signalled an early end to Whatmough’s best campaign yet, during which he made 24 appearances – of which 23 were starts.
His availability was still largely hampered by several niggling injuries before the Cheltenham set-back, although he did thrive when Awford rolled out his system of three central defenders.
Whatmough, who signed a three-year deal in the summer of 2013, has so far made 36 appearances for Pompey.