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The Herminator signs on

The Herminator has accepted the new 1-year contract offered to him last week so will remain a Pompey player again next season, hurrah.

He told Morgunbladid, an Icelandic paper, that staying was always likely: 'me signing with Portsmouth again was always going to happen even though I had many other options.

'Me and my family feel great in this place, we have been there for two fun years and I think I have plenty more in me to play in the Premier League and that had a lot to say in this decision.'

'Reported' offers have come in from several championship sides, along with some premier league interest and offers from both Glasgow clubs but he opted to stay with us: 'Middlesbrough showed me most interest and also Celtic and Rangers but that did not go as far.

'Portsmouth promised me, as far as they could, that they want to strengthen the team for next season and that their goal is to keep doing well in the Premier League.'

The Herminator, despite the fact that he is pushing 35-years-old and is getting slower, has an infectious personality so can only be a good player to have about the squad next season so I am more than happy to see him commit for another year and to be fair he still possesses some quality and will never give anything less than 100%!

Nice one Hermann, hopefully you will not end up being pushed out of the squad and regret not taking up the options offered to you...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 23 2009

Time: 7:44PM

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The very same man who always seems to be on the side of a team just relegated? Good omen!
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23/06/2009 19:56:00

Resoect, nearly 35!!
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23/06/2009 19:58:00

The best news I've heard all day, I'm well pleased. All power to the Herminator. Unless we get someone extra special coming in he'll play. Good guy to have in the squad anyway.
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23/06/2009 20:15:00

Good to hear that he'll still be playing for the blues next season.
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23/06/2009 20:48:00

Sentimentally a good idea, and lets face it, chances are we are not going to be able to sign a better left back before next season. All in all GREAT!!
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23/06/2009 21:15:00

a bit of passion in the team/squad wont do any harm!
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23/06/2009 21:19:00

But a bit of Elvis impersonating off the field might :)
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23/06/2009 21:53:00

Good Signing... It seems he will be determined next year round. Great.
Pompey Malta
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23/06/2009 22:53:00

I love the bloke.. just wish he was ten years younger... that said he knows he is adored and will always give us 100% whenever he plays.. nice one Herms a bit of commitment to the cause that's what I like to see...
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24/06/2009 00:03:00

still remember the Preston moment Chix - he is almost up there with Linvoy for me...
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24/06/2009 01:38:00

So we can all celebrate his birthday at our get together!! July 11th don't forget.
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24/06/2009 09:23:00

wud luv to be there dave but i will be toasting my kids 6th birthday!, hopefully will be doing it with with takeover completed champagne in one hand pompey scarf in other :) PUP!
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24/06/2009 09:27:00

Good news, hopefully he'll only need to be a squad player. I'm not sure he's getting any slower, he never had a lot of pace. He always appears quite quick when charging forward, but slowwwww when chasing back, but he has great spirit and never gives up.
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24/06/2009 09:38:00

now been 100% officially confirmed on the pompey site - here...
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24/06/2009 10:12:00

I cant believe that signing Hermman is a step in the right direction. Belhadj and Crainie should be fighting for the left back berth, Hermann is far too slow for the Prmiership. Fantastic attitude and good team man, but he is 35 and really his best days are way behind him, we need to be recruiting younger players who are quick and more skilful than he is.
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24/06/2009 17:15:00

Unfortunately Belhadj can't defend - great going forward and more pace to recover but ....
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25/06/2009 09:17:00


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