Date:Saturday July 26 2008
Linvoy Primus has had enough ups and down in his career to write into a book ... hang on he has!
Following his latest comeback from a career threatening injury, and earning a new contract in the process, Harry Redknapp has urged the club to give Primus a job for life with Pompey, telling The News: 'it's great to see Linvoy back training. He looks okay. Hopefully his knee will stand up and he will stay fit.
'Linvoy's a great guy to have around. If he's fully recovered and fit he would be fantastic for us.
'He's part of this club. In my opinion, he's a boy who should still be at this club in 10 years time.
'Linvoy is the type of lad you keep around and get him working for the club in some capacity. He's great in the community and everybody loves him.
'I would have him in my backroom in the future.
'He should be one of those people still at the club even after he retires. I am sure this owner would allow that and hopefully whoever else in the future.
'We wouldn't let him go, not a chance. It would be bad to let him go after all he's done for us.
'He could be coaching the young players, he could be involved in all sorts of stuff for the club. You need people like that. But I think at the moment he's just concentrating on training.'
I do not think that many people will disagree with these thoughts will they? Primus has been a great servant to Pompey both on and off the field and we must reward this loyalty with some in return - which in fairness we have with the contract we gave him.
He has been written off time and time again, so to do so after this injury is something that we should not do, but as much as I love the guy and would love to see him back to his best my heart tells me this will happen, but my head tells me that we might not see a great deal of him in a Pompey shirt again - as a player anyway...
Redknapp also went on to again talk about Primus, and his thoughts on him when he first took over: 'to be honest, when I first came here I thought Linvoy would be in the Conference - but he's done absolutely unbelievable.
'I don't really change my opinions on players often. I sort of fancy someone or I don't. I make up my mind pretty quickly with people normally.
'But then suddenly playing with the De Zeeuw's and Merson's he grew. It's like suddenly he took his game on to another level and it was fantastic. He's been superb.'
This sentence, 'I don't really change my opinions on players often. I sort of fancy someone or I don't. I make up my mind pretty quickly with people normally' is something that we all know is the case with Redknapp, but I do not think that I have ever heard him admit as much?
Primus won him over with the right attitude and commitment, although in the modern age and the way most footballers are I am not sure that this type of transformation - I had to get some sort of 'pun' with transformers involved somewhere! - again, although maybe, just maybe a certain English striker that is with the club that many feel has not been rated by the manager could yet do this...
Yep Linvoy Primus has been a fantastic servant to us, and I have little or no doubts that he will remain with the club in some capacity for a long, long time to come - and so he should do!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Saturday July 26 2008
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