Despite their advancing years, collective age 68, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is convinced David James and Sol Campbell will once again prove to be the bedrock of his side this season.
"They are both top-class players," said Redknapp.
"When you bring in people of that standard, you expect them to reach that kind of level.
"Last year was our best season for 51 years and one of the major reasons for that was because we brought in David and Sol.
"They have both been there and done it all. That makes a big difference."