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What does the future hold for...Ashdown?

There can be few clubs with such a history of squad rotation as Pompey.

This summer, as with the past 2-3, I would suspect that 'most' will be wondering where their future lies.

Although unlike some other years some players under contract at least 'should' have a better chance of remaining where they are, as long as this is what they want!

If this is what they want, and it is a financially viable option for us, lets hope this is what they get...

#1 Jamie Ashdown

Having been released last summer I doubt few would have expected him to have been here now, although - for whatever reason - Paddy came back and he has made the no.1 spot his own.

Not meaning to sound harsh but he has hardly had much competition - that said he has had a fine season, on the whole to be fair. Yep he has made some mistakes but what keeper does not?! He has also pulled off some fantastic saves, one at Derby really sticks in my mind.

His confidence was dealt a massive blow under previous managers and with David James ahead of you few could, or would have, been able to challenge a keeper of that quality.

For me Paddy does not have the command of his area I would like and his distribution is poor but at the end of the day keepers are paid to keep the ball out of the net and he does this well, more often than not.

Being under contract, and now the undisputable no.1, there is little reason for him to move on so unless a premier league side comes in for him - which I doubt - for me his future lies at Fratton...

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday April 6 2011

    Time: 11:12AM

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    I would tend to agree and like all keepers it tends to be the mistakes they are remembered for, see Gomes on Real's 4th yesterday or as great as he was DJ never lost the calamity tag. But unless we unearth something quite special in the lower leagues I cannot see anytime soon when Paddy will loose the shirt. He must be on sub 10k that's all we could pay when he signed
    MickTait
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    06/04/2011 11:35:00

    Expect a two contract in the post I would say and yes he will snap it up.
    eastneydave
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    06/04/2011 13:12:00

    I think he will be offered a new contract, & will sign, as Dave say's two years, & he would jump at it.
    pompeyyong
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    06/04/2011 15:45:00

    Pompey can't afford anyone else; no one else wants him- nuff sed
    Russellm
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    06/04/2011 18:34:00

    I'm pleased for him the way he's turned things around, all that time as second fiddle to Jamo, playing the 4 matches leading up to the 2008 cup final, knowing full well he was going to have to give way on the big day, then the darkest hour, being released by Admin Andy. Now he's turned into a fairly useful keeper, and he's been around the club a long time.
    tracyc
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    06/04/2011 19:21:00

    Although Paddy has done ok this season, I think we have to wait and see what will happen with our promotion push before we decide. Paddy is not a premiership quality keeper, and that's it!
    Pompey Malta
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    06/04/2011 19:26:00

     

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