ROMMY BOCO is set to undergo his own pre-season after sealing his Pompey move
But the new arrival believes his connection with Paul Cook can fast-track him into his manager’s first-team plans.
I don’t want any excuses. So this is a bit like a pre-season for me.Rommy Boco targets his own pre-season after Pompey move
Boco agreed a move to Fratton Park until the end of the season on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old immediately joined Hawks on a month’s loan, as he searches for his match fitness.
The versatile player has not played football for four months, and has been training with Pompey since just before the start of the season.
Boco agreed to cancel his contract with Indian side Bharat FC, allowing him to seal his Blues move.
Now the Benin international is looking to make sure his time with Hawks ensures he ready to hit the ground running with Pompey.
Boco said: ‘I don’t want any excuses. So this is a bit like a pre-season for me.
‘I hope I can do good things for Havant and Waterlooville.
‘I haven’t played for a while and need games in my legs.
‘So I’m going to Havant to get my fitness right.
‘For a player to be fit you need a proper pre-season with four or five games.
‘I haven’t played for four months so I need that time so I can be fit to play and show what I can bring to the team.
‘I played my first 45 minutes on Tuesday.
‘I’m still working hard in training but it’s never the same compared to a match.
‘By early next month I should be close to playing at 100 per cent.
‘The main concern is to be ready.
‘When I’m in the team I want people to see properly what I can bring.
‘The lads are doing well so it was not the right time for me to wait on the bench.
‘So Havant have given me the chance to have games and get fitness right.’
Boco knows Cook well with the Pompey boss working with him at Sligo Rovers, Accrington Stanley and last season at Chesterfield.
He feels the connection with the Scouser can work in his favour when it comes to understanding what Cook demands.
Boco said: ‘The gaffer knows it’s simple to have a player who knows how he wants to play.
‘I‘ve played for him and know how he wants to play.
‘If I do the business for him he’s happy – and I’m happy to play for him.
‘This season everyone has adapted really well.
‘In general when you have lots of new players it’s never that easy.
‘So we’re quite lucky everyone has turned up really quickly and adapted themselves well.
‘For me it should be a bit easier because I’ve played for him for years.
‘I know what he is expecting – because nine months ago I was playing for him.
‘He knows what I can do and what he wants from me.
‘We have achieved things and I always perform for him.’