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Kitson on his Pompey move

One of the few players that Pompey added to the squad during the transfer window was Dave Kitson - who, as we all know, arrived along with Liam Lawrence as part of the deal that took Marc Wilson to Stoke.

He signed a 3-year-contract, and as he told The Pompey Site, after a deal - that has been 'rumoured' for some time - finally came about he is looking to get his career back on track following a disappointing spell with Stoke: 'I just want to play football again. You go to some places where it doesn't work and have to cut your losses and move on.

'The deal's been floating about in the media for a week or two, so I was just standing by the phone.

'I'm happy to be at such a fantastic club. I'm excited to be here and it's a fresh start.'

He admits that he wishes he was already 'settled in' but as he knows a number of players he does not think it will take him to long to get to know everyone - which it should not as we are short on numbers anyway!

Kitson also said: 'although in situations like these you always want to be a month down the line when you're settled in and know everyone's name.

'I know a few of the players and Sonko's a very good friend of mine.

'But change is good as well and I'm looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the lads for training and bedding in.

Kitson was part of the Reading side beaten 7-4 at Fratton a few years back, he actually scored one of the goals capitalising on a defensive mistake if I recall to score a decent goal.

So, Fratton is familiar to him and he looks forward to getting going and playing for a club with such good support. The 30-year-old also hopes to take us someway back to levels we were previously at if possible: 'the fans are boisterous just like the Stoke fans, so it'll be home from home for me.

'They're good fans. They've had a bit of success in the last few years and if we can get back anywhere near to those levels then we're obviously going in the right direction.'

If Kitson can get anywhere near to the form he showed with Reading, which got him that £5.5m move to Stoke, then we will not go far wrong.

Fingers crossed...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday September 1 2010

    Time: 12:43PM

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    I really doubt he's that happy! hope you boys do better!
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    01/09/2010 12:53:00

    Alot of players which have a fresh start tend to do quite well, hopefully he ediscover some of his form as he is a decent player. People have been saying why is there no word from Lawrence but I think he is on international duty?
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    01/09/2010 13:01:00

    Lawrence doesnt want to be at Portsmouth but was given money by stoke to go. Bet he leaves witin a year!
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    01/09/2010 13:13:00

    Let's face it, with the exception of Hermann and perhaps Kanu, we would not be the first choice for any experienced pro. Perhaps the arrival of these two will make one or two others want to give us a go.
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    01/09/2010 13:20:00

    Good god I know we've had our problems but surely he must be looking forward to playing proper football, football not so relient on hoofin it, throw INS and set pieces
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    01/09/2010 13:40:00

    I really don't give a fat rat's arse whether Pompey was Lawrence's first choice, and I don't care if he doesn't run around Fratton Park kissing the badge. What I do expect is that a professional should earn his corn and sweat blood for whichever club is paying his wages. If he does not want to win a football match he is taking part in he shouldn't even be kicking a ball around the local park. If he tries his best, the fans will embrace him, no problem!
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    01/09/2010 17:35:00

    Let's hope he can return to his goal scoring days at Cambridge Utd and Reading.
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    01/09/2010 18:55:00

    If things go well at Pompey for a player it must be great as the fans are so encouraging (although if it doesn't go well, the fans are brutally honest!) so let's hope he has a happy time here
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    01/09/2010 21:19:00

    R Rocha has re signed according to early Daily mail reports..
    plymouth graham
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    01/09/2010 22:37:00

    All a bit blah blah blah but it was always going to be I suppose. As long as he scores goals and sets em up for Ciftci or whom ever we are left with
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    01/09/2010 23:00:00

    Not sure that Lawrence was that unkeen to come along to us. He has signed a 4 year deal supposedly as to a 3 year for Kitson. Surely nobody forced his arm to commit that long if he really didn't want to come. He along with Kitson can be a very big fish in a small pond and put themselves back in the shop window for us to hopefully captilise on at a later date.
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    02/09/2010 07:30:00

    Let's wait and see - only Lawrence and Kitson know what they really feel - cant imagine any player is happy dropping a division but playing for Pompey can be a joy when the fans are going!
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    02/09/2010 11:51:00


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