The steady demise of Portsmouth FC, from FA Cup winners to stuck in the Football League’s basement division, is now well and truly over.
The men from the south are on the up.
Portsmouth marked their return to League One with an impressive eighth placed finish last time out.
Kenny Jackett has made good strides in the transfer market so far in this window, making five new additions.
Jackett has also done good business to make his additions early, to set his side up in the way he wants during pre-season, and help his squad gel together.
Taking a closer look at Portsmouth’s signings, fans of the South Coast side have every reason to be excited going to next season.
Louis Dennis from Bromley, of the National League, was one of the most exciting players in Non-League last season, before he was snapped up by the Fratton Park outfit.
Dennis has the ability to both create and score the goals.
He scored 13 goals in 42 League outings for the Ravens, providing plenty of assists too.
Tom Naylor is another Jackett recruit, a player comfortably capable of playing Championship football.
He also knows how to get out of the division, having been a part of back to back promotions during his time at Burton Albion.
Aged 27, the versatile defender arrives at Fratton Park in his prime, and ready to make an impression.
Portsmouth have really worked hard to sure up their defence in this window.
Lee Brown, a left-back from Bristol Rovers, joins after seven years with the Gas.
It would seem Jackett is really trying to build something at Portsmouth this season, and he’s starting from the back.
It would seem Portsmouth have a much stronger squad going into this season than they did with the last, and that is always a good sign.
Finishing eighth last season, there is no reason why Portsmouth can’t go one better this season and secure a play-off place.