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Jordan and Ashdown join as 'trialists'

Jordan and Ashdown join as 'trialists'

The Pompey squad have landed in America, and with them were a couple new faces - one a very familiar face, the other 'probably' a name known by most?

Stephen Jordan and Jamie Ashdown were among the squad, travelling as 'trialists'.

I was 'tipped off' yesterday afternoon about a couple of players - and I posted in the forum - including Ashdown, going with the squad, and although the second name was an ex-Burnley player, Jordan, it was not the name that I was given. That was Caldwell, which is turns out it was not...

Jordan is a player that I do remember as a youngster with Citeh, he seemed to have a good future ahead of him but then suddenly disappeared and ended up with Burnley - I think he has had some injuries but he is a decent full back, and at 28, fitness permitting, still has something to offer, assuming we would be able to sign him?

Our embargo needs to be lifted remember to register new players - we 'should' know this by the end of the week. So, if HMRC or anyone else, does not appeal the CVA then we really can start moving forward again...

The return, albeit in a 'trial basis' of Ashdown seems to cast major doubts over David James' future.

I know he cannot sign a contract until the above mentioned issues are ironed out, but the fact that we 'could' be looking at Ashdown to return does 'suggest' the strongest hint yet that we are not expecting James to stay on.

Put it this way as would Ashdown really even contemplate a return to Fratton if he knew this would be primarily as the no.2 again - and a no.2 on reduced wages at that...

Steve Cotterill has made it clear that he would like some indication from Jamo as to what he is thinking of doing - whilst, once again, nothing can be committed fully yet if he does want to stay then it is easy to say 'I want to stay if I can', by saying nothing it tends to suggest otherwise.

Cotterill also said that the club would have to start 'making their own decision' if no indication was forthcoming, the Ashdown move tends to suggest this thinking process has stepped up a notch...


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Date:Tuesday July 13 2010
Time: 8:59AM


i think Ashdown would do more than ok at Championship level. im guessing the "Jordan" is Steven Jordan.... born in Warrington in 1982.... dont know too much about him...
13/07/2010 10:02:00
I'd absolutely love James to stay (so would the wife!) and think it could be the news that gives our season a boost but I wish he'd make his decision soon, whether we can resign him at the moment or not is kind of irrelevant, if he chooses to go we need to have other lined up in preparation. Come on Jamo, make the right choice, agree to sign on for another couple of years!
13/07/2010 10:36:00
I would love for Jamo to stay, but if he won't commit then Ashdown is good enough for me. I think the guy has proved his loyalty over the last 6 seasons and should be given the number 1 shirt. I still reckon that with 1st team football he could be in line for England consideration
13/07/2010 12:14:00
According to The News, Jamo is waiting to see if the CVA gets approved this week before committing his future. Which I suppose is understandable. We're all holding our breath about that, after all.
13/07/2010 12:35:00
we are linked with andy gray now ! not the pundit the striker who played for bansley last season has got quite a good strike rate..
13/07/2010 13:39:00
hussler, Gray scored 6 goals from 20 starts. It seems to me he will be another Nugent! Oh Ashdown, I really do not like that keeper. Sorry, but I really do not want him to be our number one!
Pompey Malta
13/07/2010 14:14:00
Not holding our breath on the CVA approval now as it seems vindictively HMRC ahave again left it to the last possible minute to appeal. It's selfish pointless and damages creditors.
13/07/2010 19:28:00
Sorry bout the rant, back on topic. Beggars can't choosers and let's face it we are beggars.
13/07/2010 19:33:00
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