Plymouth Argyle will have a stronger series of pre-season games in 2019 than they did last year, according to manager Derek Adams.
The Pilgrims are planning on playing higher level opposition in two matches at Home Park, one on Saturday, July 20 and the other the following weekend.
They were unable to play any home pre-season games last year due to the grandstand redevelopment.
There was criticism from some supporters that Argyle’s pre-season schedule, which included games against a number of local sides, was not strong enough.
Those same fans thought that was one of the reasons behind the Pilgrims’ very poor start to their League One campaign.
Adams told Plymouth Live: “We have organised our pre-season schedule. We have just got to agree the games.
“We are wanting to play here on the 20th and 27th (of July) against opposition in a higher league to what we are in, to generate extra money for the first team budget.
“We will go abroad during the pre-season to get the players together, and probably have one game while we are away.
Argyle have been away to a Dutch training pre-season training camp in Delden over recent years and Adams was asked whether that would be their destination again this year.
He replied: “We haven’t clarified just yet, but that’s one possibility. Because of finances as well, it’s a very good one for us because of the location we go to and the training facility.”
Argyle will play a mix of opposition in pre-season but Adams made it clear he wants some tougher tests for his players.
Adams said: “That’s why we are trying to get two games here. Unfortunately, last year I couldn’t get games here because of the stand getting redeveloped.
“I have asked for the ground to be ready for us on the 20th and 27th.
“The staff behind the scenes are trying to get games against Championship, Premier League or foreign sides to play us.
“We will play a number of games against local opposition. We go to Tavistock because they provide the academy with a training facility.
“We will go and play against Torquay and we will probably go to Truro as well and play a game because we haven’t been there for a number of seasons and we have put a couple of players there on loan.”