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Pack joins the youth exodus

Another youngster who has no future with Pompey is Marlon Pack.

He has been told, which again like with others whilst with a little disappointment from my thinking is not at all surprising; he has no future at the club.

Steve Cotterill has, and again I do not like the way this has come about - The Pompey Site should, for me, be the area for such announcements, told The News today that the 19-year-old has no future at Fratton.

Pack, like the others that has left, was not going to get a look-in so it was felt it was best for him to move on and with a contract offer on the table from Cheltenham, where he will play regularly, he needs to take it.

To be honest I have not seen enough of Pack, and I guess to be fair most of the other youngsters cast aside, but he seemed a decent enough prospect from what I did see so perhaps another year or two on a contract with us, with him going out on loan again next season, 'might' not have hurt but the decision has been made and I wish him well.

At least he can say that he pulled on the blue shirt and scored a belter of a penalty in the league cup game against Palace earlier in the season when we won the shootout!

To leave a club, your local club, after more than a decade with them cannot be easy though.

Cotterill is the manager, he makes these calls, lets just hope that they do not come back to haunt us in the future...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday March 31 2011

    Time: 12:15PM

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    Sad but possibly required if we are to attain PL status in the near future + SC has cut his core squad again for next season
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    31/03/2011 12:22:00

    thought he looked v decent, in fact i thought he looked the better one (at the start) of him and ward. look how ward has come on with a bit of game time. he was definately better than dicksonko combo, and alot cheaper i would guess. wasted talent, as i bet hes playing championship standard soon enough
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    31/03/2011 13:39:00

    Cotterill must know something we dont. I think we have a squad of about 7 for next season. Whilst I accept Kilbey and Pack were not PL players they would have been good championship squad players.
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    31/03/2011 13:43:00

    disappointed that cotterill has let another, who i thought was good enough to be a 'squad player' at least, go - but he knows best i guess...
    its a risky game we are playing, letting players we already own move on with the number that will leave anyway - especially if they 'seemed' to have something about them, which i thought kilbey and pack did!
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    31/03/2011 13:51:00

    Does SC just want rid of every player who was here under a different manager, and build his own team from Stoke rejects. Really can't understand it. With the youth players we surely had a bunch of low paid players keen to do the best they can in order to make the first team.
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    31/03/2011 14:57:00

    I suspect that part of the problem is that they weren't particularly low paid. There's been a lot of rumours about the kind of money some of the youngsters were on, hangover from the premier league "Lets chuck money around" seasons.
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    31/03/2011 16:09:00


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