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Deal or no deal? Jerome Thomas...

So, we have some 15 players out of contract in the summer (or seeing their loans with Pompey end) it is almost time to decide who deserves a new contract and who does not deserve the drippings from my nose, well ours noses!

I was going to look at them all together, but I think I will do them one at a time... Simple question, and as the bearded one would say, 'deal or no deal?'

Jerome Thomas

Another that I think 'could have' done a job to help but his back injury has robbed him of this chance of showing what he can do - the arrival of others that can play down the left also worked against him.

He looked lively in his debut against Manyoo, and it left me thinking 'we could be onto something here' with a player that could be used on the right or left, he is a left winger but is a right footed player.

To be honest I think he tried to come back from the initial back problem too soon, and his reserve outings caused even more damage have probably just about ended his season, and possible Pompey career - potentially career full stop, but hopefully not?

Deal or no deal? Deal.

This might come as a surprise, but as he is still relatively young, so if he can prove that he is over his back problems in the summer I would give him another deal - maybe a short term 6-month, or a 12-month maximum deal with the option to a longer one...

I want to make it clear that I am not saying that he deserves a deal, far from it, but I feel that there is ability in him to make him a useful player in the squad - giving him another short period with the club, basically an extended trial, gives him the chance to prove himself. It could be an appearance based one, where he have little to lose by offering minimal wages, which rises based on performances/appearances?

These are my thoughts, what about yours? As always please share them below...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 19 2009

Time: 11:09AM

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Deal..From what I've seen of the guy he's got what it takes. a very talented useful player that would stand his own in the top flight. As you say, he's only young so there is a possibility he'll be able to recover from his back injury. I hope so, it would be awful if it cost him his career. Yeah, I rate him, if he can recover he's worth a punt.
cornypomp
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19/03/2009 11:20:00

Deal..From what I've seen of the guy he's got what it takes. a very talented useful player that would stand his own in the top flight. As you say, he's only young so there is a possibility he'll be able to recover from his back injury. I hope so, it would be awful if it cost him his career. Yeah, I rate him, if he can recover he's worth a punt.
cornypomp
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19/03/2009 11:20:00

I agree Rug - Deal. He has potential, so why not keep him? He won't demand excessively massive wages, and looks to be determined to prove himself. Depends on his injury I suppose, I wouldn't want to give anyone who is injured a deal if it wasn't guaranteed that the injury would heal quickly.
PFCGino
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19/03/2009 11:26:00

I agree Rug - Deal. He has potential, so why not keep him? He won't demand excessively massive wages, and looks to be determined to prove himself. Depends on his injury I suppose, I wouldn't want to give anyone who is injured a deal if it wasn't guaranteed that the injury would heal quickly.
PFCGino
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19/03/2009 11:26:00

the thing that makes me think it is almost 100% certain that it wil be 'no deal' is that fact that he didnt go to dubai with the 1st team did he...he must have stayed behind to have played in some reserve games, that said maybe that 'might' work in his favour? his willingness to actually play in reserve games - unlike some others...
pompeyrug
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19/03/2009 11:47:00

the thing that makes me think it is almost 100% certain that it wil be 'no deal' is that fact that he didnt go to dubai with the 1st team did he...he must have stayed behind to have played in some reserve games, that said maybe that 'might' work in his favour? his willingness to actually play in reserve games - unlike some others...
pompeyrug
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19/03/2009 11:47:00

Cut price squad member - Deal
eastneydave
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19/03/2009 12:09:00

Cut price squad member - Deal
eastneydave
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19/03/2009 12:09:00

Unconvinced. Is he fit anagin now? If so, why is he not getting in the reserve team?
sneakay
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19/03/2009 12:45:00

Unconvinced. Is he fit anagin now? If so, why is he not getting in the reserve team?
sneakay
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19/03/2009 12:45:00

deal - he can still do a job
stfc ballboy
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19/03/2009 16:26:00

deal - he can still do a job
stfc ballboy
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19/03/2009 16:26:00

if we are relegated, deal. If not... I have no idea how good he is.
pompeycarpet
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19/03/2009 17:18:00

if we are relegated, deal. If not... I have no idea how good he is.
pompeycarpet
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19/03/2009 17:18:00

just deal.
MFFP
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19/03/2009 17:28:00

just deal.
MFFP
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19/03/2009 17:28:00

This will be a massive summer for Pompey. A summer of change! Potentially a new owner, a new manager, a lot of players going & coming in! Let's just hope it's not a new division! On the fence with Jerome!
storagematt
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19/03/2009 20:53:00

This will be a massive summer for Pompey. A summer of change! Potentially a new owner, a new manager, a lot of players going & coming in! Let's just hope it's not a new division! On the fence with Jerome!
storagematt
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19/03/2009 20:53:00

i rekon hes gotta get another yr.. see how he does
nodster
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20/03/2009 01:08:00

i rekon hes gotta get another yr.. see how he does
nodster
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20/03/2009 01:08:00

I'd forgotten about him. As we need to cut wage bills I'm going to say no deal.
tracyc
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20/03/2009 10:07:00

I'd forgotten about him. As we need to cut wage bills I'm going to say no deal.
tracyc
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20/03/2009 10:07:00

Could be useful in Fizzy Pop Champ. Deal if we go down No Deal if we survive.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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20/03/2009 21:04:00

Could be useful in Fizzy Pop Champ. Deal if we go down No Deal if we survive.
Et_tu_Pompeii
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20/03/2009 21:04:00

 

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