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Begovic commits to Pompey

Asmir Begovic has followed in the footsteps of another youngster, Marc Wilson, by agreeing a new 3-year contract with Pompey.


The highly rated Canadian keeper will now be contracted to Pompey until 2011, and as he told the Pompey Site this signing of a new contract was an easy decision to make: 'it's a nice honour to be wanted here.

'I've been here a long time and there's not really a reason for me to want to leave, so I think it's a mutual decision to stay.

Begovic has praised the coaching that he has received at the club, putting a lot of this firmly at the door of our goalkeeping coach David Coles but also intends to keep learning from David James: 'David Coles, our goalkeeping coach, has probably been one of the biggest factors in helping me to develop and progress. He's been huge.

'It's a gradual thing, I started here with the youth team, then I was training with the first team and now I need to become established and go out and play and keep pushing up. That's what I want to keep trying to do.

'Competing for a place in the team is one of the most difficult things about being a keeper.

'It's hard with someone as good as David James in front of you, but it's good to see what he does, to learn from him.

'He's England's number one. He works hard, has different ways of doing things and you pick things up from him. We have a good relationship.'

With James around I would not expect him to play regularly in the next 2-3 years, but hopefully he can continue to develop and do the job if/when called upon. When James does move on, which is a frightening thought to even contemplate, then there is a chance he could be the man to breach the gap...

He has already had loans with Macclesfield, Bournemouth and Yeovil and I would expect him to go out on loan again in the not too distant future, which would benefit all concerned.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 9 2008

Time: 12:54PM

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From the little I have seen of him I think there is some potential, but a lot lot more practice and experience to gain. Keepers in my veiw don't really start to get towards their best until they are around 30ish.
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09/07/2008 13:14:00

He had very bad spell at Bournemouth but like you said sneakay, they mature with age. Though. I'm still waiting!!!!
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09/07/2008 14:00:00

not sur on this one as bounemouth he was pants conceded over 2 goals each game roughly.Bournemouth v swindon he conceded 5 goals and he dont communicate with defence but he needs plenty of work before he will be up with ashdown.
stfc ballboy
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09/07/2008 16:29:00

Because of his performances on loan I was surprised when I heard this story. He must have shown those in charge that he is worth what is a long contract for a young player. Good luck Asmir.
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09/07/2008 20:29:00

not being disrespectful to bournemouth but they hardly had the greatest of defences in front of him did they... with yeovil he was said to have performed really well, they want him back this season if they can =- or at least did...
he must be doing the business behind the scenes as we wouldnt offer him 3-years would we.
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