James - I'm optimistic about everything
This is actually something that went unnoticed the other day, but with sky sports running an article on it today, it reminded me that David James told The News that 'if I wasn't going to stay I wouldn't have played against Guimaraes.'
James has been put down as one of the 'high profile' names that could be next out of the Fratton gates, but he insists that leaving has not crossed his mind and he will honour his contract: 'moving clubs for me isn't an issue, to be honest.
'I signed a contract and my intention was to see out the World Cup and the following season and see how it went from there. That hasn't changed as far as I am concerned.'
As we all know, and as the veteran himself pointed out, it is going to be a 'hard season' but that does not frighten him, in fact he says that he is looking forward to it: 'of course it's going to be a hard season. As cliched as that is, I think most clubs will say the same for one reason or another, really.
'But it's going to be a challenging season and I'm looking forward to it.'
It is hard to remain optimistic, but if a senior player like James is remaining optimistic about things it makes you think that he, and some other players that have not left, know something - even if we do not: 'we are about to have a new owner - which is a positive step - and although we are not expecting tens of millions to spend, at least we are looking.
'So I'm optimistic about everything.'
We are going to need James to be at his very best this season as it is looking like he is likely to come under heavy fire!
Like I say, as hard as it is to see some light at the end of the tunnel - and not being told anything, with what is a radio silent, really does not help - but for experienced players like James and Sylvain Distin in particular, who are both usually pretty outspoken about things, to be so quiet and not to have gone through the exit yet leaves you thinking, well it does me anyway, that someone has told them - and the likes of Niko Kranjcar - that something will happen, but when and what is what we would like to have confirmed...
PLAY UP POMPEY!