PORTLAND United will lay on six training sessions from Saturday before commencing preparations for the 2021/22 season.

Franklyn Clarke’s Blues will train three times in April and on three occasions in May, including a final workout on Saturday, May 29.

The islanders saw their Sydenhams Wessex League campaign curtailed by the FA in March, and opted against playing in a replacement cup tournament.

Following the six training sessions, Portland will take June off and begin pre-season in July.

As with Dorchester Town, none of the Blues’ squad will be paid for coming in to train.

Clarke told Echosport: “We’ve got the lads in three times in April and three times in May.

“It’s just to get everyone back together again. We’ve got the first team, the reserves and the under-18s.

“We want to create that pathway and it’ll give me a good chance to look at the younger lads that we’ve got coming through.”

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Portland boss Clarke explained there will be no friendlies for the Blues in Spring, but did reveal pre-season’s warm-up matches are already organised.

“It’s just training for the time being,” he confirmed. “We’ve got some fixtures arranged for pre-season pretty much sorted.

“We’ll have a rest before we come back. We’ll train on the 3rd, 10th and the 24th (of April) and the 1st, 8th and 29th (of May).

“Everyone’s missed it and they’re dead keen to come in.

“It’s important for us, where we’re a new group, to come in for the next two months before pre-season for everyone to get to know each other that bit more.

“It will help us progress.”