Swindon Town Boss Phil Brown is excited about the prospect of seeing his side pit their wits against Portsmouth in pre-season.
It was announced today that former Captain Nathan Thompson and his Pompey team-mates will be visiting The Energy Check County Ground for a friendly on Saturday 21st July - 3pm Kick-Off.
And Brown is of the opinion that the fixture will be a mouthwatering occasion for the Town fans with a new set of players likely to be on show on home soil for the very first time.
"Within the last decade Portsmouth have won the FA Cup, been in the Premier League and you name it they've done it," he told swindontownfc.co.uk.
"They are a massive club on the South Coast and we are a kick in the backside from the South Coast, so the locality will of it will hopefully attract a lot of Portsmouth fans to The Energy Check County Ground.
"It should also attract a lot of Swindon Town fans to see what players I've brought in, what team I'll be playing, what system I'll be playing and whether we're up for the challenge - all of those things will be answered in pre-season.
"I'm not a big fan of results in pre-season, I'm more a fan of the hard work and mentality in pre-season.
"It is important that we get 90-minutes under our belts so that we're ready and match fit come the first game of the season.
"I don't pay too much attention to the results in pre-season. You don't want to be getting beat 5-0 every week but you also don't want to be winning 5-0 every week because people get carried away either away.
"It is an important time but more importantly the players that we do keep have gone away, they are rested and they understand what a Phil Brown team is all about and what is required to be in that team."
*PICTURE COURTESY OF PORTSMOUTH FC.