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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!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 2 2009

Time: 4:52PM

Your Comments

I hope jamo is "in the know" about something, the clock keeps ticking though and Fulham are waiting
paultsmouth
'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.' Sounds to me like Jamo's just following the route that he set out for himself. I'm not so sure I'd read any deeper into it. Bit of wishful thinking going on?
cornypomp
I reckon Jamo is going to be the busiest Goalie in the prem this season. Plenty of practice and limelight for England selection then!
Gandor1
I've never really thought it likely that he would leave unless pushed. He came here for several reasons, one of the most important to him was to be nearer home. A previous manager has found out the hard way (tee hee) that travelling up to London every day is almost as bad as working in Newcastle! PUP
NorfolknBlue
Exactly what I was thinking Gandor, plenty of oppertunites to pull off world class saves during every game. He will keep scores down by atleast 3 or 4 every game like he has in the past. Lets hope your right Rug and there is something in the pipeline, either way though it's being left incredibly late in terms of the team being able to gel and get pre-season games under their belt. Is there any news on Brian Kidd comin back for this season?
moley2
If we get Brian Kidd back, his job will be like that film "The Dirty Dozen". Recruiting the cast off's and building them into team. If he succeeds he may get an Oscar!!
Mike1954
Jamo can handle it, he always does. The points he's saved us since he's been with Pompey have been priceless. Like you guys are intimating though, he could have a busy old season ahead of him. And you never know we might see the flying Pink panther yet!
cornypomp
He'll be that busy, he'll be knackered by xmas. The thought of having no Jamo would be the final nail in sinking ship.
storagematt
The reason he is staying is becaause he lives in Devon, apparently James was going to sign for Plymouth before Redknapp stepped in and signed him. Oh and the money, not sure why Distan and Kranjar are still here though, France is close I suppose and so is Croatia lol
pom165
have to agree with Gandor... english keepers have always put themselves forward playing for struggling teams... west brom, norwich and now Pompey... he just wouldn't get the practice at Man u
jim4pompey
i see the mirror is saying that jamie's dad wants to offer cudicini and 1m for jamo - hence the poll - and they seem to think jamo would do this... i think cudicini is a fantastic keeper who is better than a bench warmer but i still would not trade jamo!
pompeyrug
No to trading Jamo. Cudicini has shown recently that all those years of sitting idly have certainly not helped - he looked very ordinary at Spuds last year. Does anyone have any news on the takeover? It is all so quiet!
Pompeytim
Ginger's reconstruction of The Spuds using the Pompey squad must not go any further. Jamo is very important to us both physically and psychologically, as well as helping to cement our ailing club a little firmer in the eyes of a very hostile media. Better to have the Scummer goalie to warm the bench.
Et_tu_Pompeii
i would rather sell james to scummers than spurs!!!!!
pompeyhussler
If Jamo goes to Spurs, it means they will be paying 2m for him. Coz Cuddicini only cos 1m last January. Surely a current England goalie is worth more than that? But to us, of course, he is priceless, I wouldn't swap him for anyone. We are going to need his kind of commitment and experience this year, make no mistake. He is going to make the difference.
Gandor1
Anyway, we can't sell Jamo - he's the only optimistic person in Pompey at the moment!
Gandor1
He is, isn't he Gandor. His influence is much deeper than just being an excellent keeper, his attitude is and always has been fantastic! In fact I'm reviewing my opinion that he wouldn't be a good candidate for captain - as he was against Guimareas. And if he says he's staying, then he's staying. And as already said, the practice will be good for him.
tracyc
 

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