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Cranie moves on as Vanden Borre moves in

I have literally, around an hour or so ago, walked through my front door after a few days on the beer watching England; although watching England is probably slightly inaccurate as there was not a lot of watching as the attention span was slightly off due to copious amounts of beer in Amsterdam!

Anyway, I started hearing a few whispers whilst out there that Martin Cranie was moving on but Anthony Vanden Borre was coming in?

Both have now been officially confirmed on The Pompey Site.

22-year-old Cranie has joined Coventry for an 'undisclosed amount' on a 3-year contact with 21-year-old Vanden Borre joining us on loan for the season from Genoa.

I have to admit that I am somewhat sorry to see Cranie go as if he was good enough for the England U21 side, would that not have been good enough for us? I guess it is a case of 'needs must'...

Although in Belgian international Vanden Borre we have signed a player, subject to international clearance, that can play right back or right midfield - I would suspect that right midfield will be the place we see him play most often?

Paul Hart said: 'he's a young Belgian international who's threatened to do so much for quite a while - now's the time for him to come up with the goods.

'We're looking forward to being a part of that.

'He played right-back for his country on Wednesday night but he can also play in midfield. He's good in both positions.'

Good luck to Cranie, I feel the leg break back along really slowed him down but I thought he could have come back to something like the player we once thought we had... And we all of course hope that Vanden Borre can do us a job - a full international with 18 caps cannot be bad can it?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 13 2009

Time: 8:00PM

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Shame bout Cranie but good luck to him, great news bout Vanden Borre i hope he is a great player for us.
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13/08/2009 20:03:00

All the best for Cranie, would have liked to have sent him out on loan but let's hope this Vanden Borre is a decent player.
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13/08/2009 20:28:00

come on pompey lets *****ing av it !!! cant wait till saturday now im getting excited. all the hart slaters have gone away. hes now signing some good quality players of his own and getting rid of the ones he dosent think are up to it.. and all without spending any money. i think HART is getting more and more fans backing him each day. he dosent want to waste pompey money like some twitchy bloke i know. Hes also gonna give the youth a chance.
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13/08/2009 20:54:00

From some extensive research on youtube I would say he looks a bit like our Glen J. Likes to come in from the wing and have a shot. Hopefully, Belhadj can hold down a place on the left and with this guy on the right we will have some pace down the wings to feed Viduka (like he needs feeding) or Kanu. I see light at the end of the off season (I'm not going to tell anyone at work though)
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13/08/2009 21:57:00

good luck to cranie - but i don't think he ever fully recovered from his boken leg. However we will probably see him in the premiership again soon, and wonder why we let him go.
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14/08/2009 01:30:00

Very good signing, an International who can give us an option. Cranie is a good player, but since that bizarre final against the Germans, I started suspecting that he is not what we hoped for. Good luck to him, but a larger good luck to Vanden Borre!
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14/08/2009 18:23:00

Vanden Borre.. unfortunate name ..but a great prospect !
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15/08/2009 08:16:00


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