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Loanees go, 4 released but others offered deals

Pompey have officially released details of the players offered new, or improved, contracts on The Pompey Site.

This basically does for my 'will they stay or will they go' idea, that said I will continue with them anyway as I have already written them!

All loanees HAVE, as expected, returned to their parent clubs although it is hoped that another loan deal with Genoa can be struck for Anthony Vanden Borre, which pleases me.

Jamie Ashdown, Angelos Basinas, Steve Finnan and OJ Koroma have all been released.

David James, The Herminator, Rocha John Rocha, Joel Ward, Marlon Pack and Kanu have ALL been offered new contracts - I do not think that all will sign them though, I would 'hope' that most do but Kanu is the one that I can least see signing to be honest...

Lenny Sowah, Matty Ritchie, Tom Kilbey and Jon Stewart have all been offered new deals as well.

Linvoy Primus, who has already retired but now is officially out of contract - or will be next month - has been offered a role at the club.

More info, as officially released, is below...

PLAY UP POMPEY!



Pompey Offer Ten Players New Deals

Preparations for Pompey's 2010/11 season are already underway, as the football club looks to build a strong squad capable of challenging for the Championship title.

The football club can confirm it has offered new contracts to influential first-team FA Cup heroes David James, Kanu, Hermann Hreidarsson and Ricardo Rocha.

It's hoped the popular quartet will bring a wealth of experience and strength to the Blues' side as they seek to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

A number of Pompey's rising stars have also been approached with new deals to keep them at Fratton Park.

Lennard Sowah, Matt Ritchie and Joel Ward have all been offered contracts, following their impressive breakthroughs at the end of the season.

They are joined by fellow youngsters Marlon Pack and Tom Kilbey, along with reserve keeper Jon Stewart.

Fratton favourite Linvoy Primus has also been offered a position at the club, following his retirement from football.

And Pompey's coaching staff have identified a number of players in different positions that they would like to bring into the squad, with work ongoing in this area.

Loan stars Jamie O'Hara (Tottenham), Hassan Yebda (Benfica), Aruna Dindane (Lens) and Frederic Piquionne (Lyon) all rejoin their parent clubs.

Anthony Vanden Borre will also return to Serie A side Genoa, but Pompey are working on a new loan deal that will hopefully allow the defender to be come back to Fratton Park for a further season.

Angelos Basinas, Jamie Ashdown, Steve Finnan and OJ Koroma have all been released.

Portsmouth FC would like to thank the departing players for their tremendous service to the club during their time on the south coast.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 19 2010

Time: 4:05PM

Your Comments

Beat me to this one Rug! This is good news but will they accept greatly reduced contracts? I would hope so in the case of James and Kanu - Hermann is injured so he will accpet and as for Rocha after his performance in the Cup Final he may have suitors, so we shall see.

Jamie Ashdown will be disappointed though after his loyal service and age has gone against Basinas and Finnan. Good news on the kids though.
eastneydave
Would rather see Ashdown stay than Kanu - I suppose beggers can't be choosers though! Why have we not offered Aaron Mokoena a deal, is he already on a long term one? Would love to see him and Rocha as our centre backs next year...
Battenberg
Assuming they accept the new contracts I think this will be a good 'core' for the new squad.
PFCblue
I meant to add that, again assuming contracts are signed, this scenario is better than I was expecting.
PFCblue
Have to admit this is seemingly better than I was expecting, I thought it was going to be a mass exodus and pull in some players from havant and waterlooville, so pretty happy if it comes to fruition!!! I too would rather have kept ashdown instead of Kanu, Kanu clearly still has some skill, alright a lot of skill, but his movement just doesnt keep him in the game nowadays, James cant last forever and Ashdown was looking ok as a replacement??? Presumably Avram has had something to do with these picks??? Perhaps this is a good sign for him staying??? A bit of stability??? PTID
NZ_Portsmuff
This is better than I expected too. Pity they can't also offer something to Avram. Really pleased with the deals that have been offered, hope most of them sign them. Also great to see that Linvoy has been offered a role, as I feared he might not. A bit suprised to see Ashdown let go though - good luck to him wherever he goes. That means we've only got young O'Brien to cover for Jamo's calf injuries then? Perhaps we could sign someone like that promising young Bosnian keeper who warms the bench at Stoke?
tracyc
I am very surprised at Ashdown...surely he was not on that bigger wages! Shows that loyalty does not always get rewarded! Was good to meat you weekend people who I met including Tracyc & Sneakey! Anyway, gotta go, future Pompey star Danylo is tellin me it's bath time!
dazza0410
whats with the Ashdown love in, he was on good money thats why he stayed, when he was coming towards the end of his contract he started saying in the press that he needs first team football, well he could have moved at anytime but stayed for the money, he is what is wrong with modern footballers, happy to take a big wedge ahead of playing. As you can tell never thought he was good enough from his debut at Watford. Next problem will be getting them to sign the contracts, Lenny will have to be sold if he doesn't sign as next year his transfer would probably go to a tribunal and the selling club never wins.
jimsmithswig
jimsmithswig, I think you need to get your facts correct before making value judgements!! Jamie Ashdown got offered at least two firm loan deals this season but on both occasions they were refused by the club and he had to be content to continue to sit and watch David James..........you are totally mis-judging his reason for sticking by the club! If he had played more over the past few years I believe he would be a really solid keeper but the fans in particular have never given him a chance as their "love in " has always been with Jamo. Quite funny how it will now work out as far as I see there is no way Jamo is gonna stick by Pompey (watch this space!!!!) so we are gonna end up with no No 1 keeper. I am pleased to see Ashdown on the move and I think the club is doing him a favour by not suggesting he stays on! Also he is the lowest paid first team player at the club so how can you say he stayed for the money.....what about the 1000's they wasted on Niemi! that went virtually un-mentioned but proportionally cost a fortune. So let's give Ashdown a fair send off and wish him all the best for the future!!
woweepompey
 

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