SWINDON Town are working hard behind the scenes to organise two possible games for their coming trip to Portugal according to manager David Flitcroft.

It was confirmed by the club on Tuesday that the new Town boss would be taking his squad to warmer climes, with the team setting off on July 18 for the five-night trip.

Having previously mooted plans for a trip to Ireland, which would have taken in a game with chairman Lee Power’s League of Ireland side Waterford, the club have favoured a trip to the Iberian peninsula with the promise of more consistent weather, having witnessed how unpredictable the British summer can be at Melksham on Tuesday night.

While no games are arranged for the trip at this stage, it is not a concern to the Swindon boss, who is looking forward to using the time away in a close-knit environment to bond a squad that has seen eight new additions since his arrival last month.

He is also confident it will provide the perfect opportunity to work on the tactical side of things and he can’t wait to get started.

“We’re hoping (to have games over there), it’s something we’re working on,” he told the local media.

“But, I think from a training camp (in Portugal), you have got real control, with three sessions a day.

“We’re a bit behind on the tactical work and we’ll be able to do that.

“We’ve got a lot planned and walking through work and showing players where they need to be, in and out of possession is really important.

“We’ll be able to get some real high quality sessions in.

“Then, I think the big thing is grouping 60 or 70 per cent of players together who have not been together, who don’t understand each other - that is part of the key significance.

“I can only thank the chairman and Steve (Anderson, general manager) for organising this and sorting it because it is a phenomenal facility that we are going to.

“The chairman and Steve are really understanding what we need, the infrastructure, and putting that in place will help us and the support they have given me is fantastic.”