And the Blues boss believes one of the factors behind his club’s strong start to the season has been the change in policy to bring in hungry young players who are emerging in the game.
Cowley has identified Colby Bishop, Owen Dale and Tom Lowery as examples of signings who relish the experience of progressing through one of League One’s powerhouses.
Bishop arrived from Accrington Stanley in the summer with Lowery joining Crewe and Dale on loan from Blackpool, having previously been with the Railwaymen.
They are now playing in front of packed crowds at PO4, with an average league gate so far this season of 18,315, as well as strong support on the road.
Where they’ve been in the game is a big difference – and it’s an experience they both live up to and enjoy.
Cowley said: “I had this conversation with Colby, Owen Dale and Tom Lowery.
“From the clubs they came here to, they all respect the size of this club.
“Tom said his parents traveled to all the games and loved Fratton Park.
‘It’s five hours in the car for him and five hours back, but they can’t get enough of coming to the games
“They love feeling the vibe and seeing their son play at a well-supported club.”
‘It’s good when you see that and you see those boys going up.
“We catch them on the way up, their motivation is high and they have a lot to prove.
“We welcome them in a very good time.
Pompey has made it clear that he has shifted his hiring policy towards recruiting talent that can be developed and has resale value.
This was evident in the 12 players who arrived in the summer window, having previously often sought to bring in experienced players capable of playing at a club the size of the Blues.
A helpful consequence has been that new faces appreciate having the option to wear royal blue.
Cowley added: “We said it, didn’t we.” We try to recruit ambitious players who want to come and play for Portsmouth.