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Goddard, Gregory, Martin and Ryan released

Goddard, Gregory, Martin and Ryan released

It will come as little surprise really that its been confirmed that a quartet of youngsters have joined the youth exodus...

Billy Goddard, Pete Gregory - pictured above, Ellis Martin and Perry Ryan have all gone the way of every other youngster at the club when Steve Cotterill arrived.

The following article had been written, and was going to be published, so I will do anyway and it would seem that my thoughts were not wide of the mark...

What does the future hold for...'The Others?'

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...

Billy Goddard, Pete Gregory, Ellis Martin, Perry Ryan

To be honest I know very little about any.

Given that they are young, eager and willing, but not kids that Steve Cotterill has brought in, chances are that they will join the other youth players to exodus the club in the past 12-months.

Surely all would be on very limited money, and whilst you cannot keep players for the sake of it we must have some foresight to think ahead to what could be a tricky summer leaving us in an even more difficult position going into next season than the one we faced at the start of the one just ended?!

Although this time surely we treat them with a little more respect this time round even if it is eventually decided they will not be in the starting 11 if avoidable.

As things stand I reckon that their futures, like those before them, lie away from Fratton...

#1 Jamie Ashdown - here.
#2 Greg Halford - here.
#3 Carl Dickinson - here.
#4 Aaron Mokoena - here.
#5 Ritchie de Laet - here.
#6 The Herminator - here.
#7 Liam Lawrence - here.
#8 Hayden Mullins - here.
#9 Danny Webber - here.
#10 Dave Nugent - here.
#14 Jonathan Hogg - here.
#17 David Cotterill - here.
#18 Dave Kitson - here.
#20 Joel Ward - here.
#24 Nadir Ciftci - here.
#25 Ibrahima Sonko - here.
#27 Kanu - here.
#33 Rocha John Rocha - here.
#37 Darryl Flahavan - here.
Tal Ben Haim - here.
Mikey Brown - here.
Richard Hughes - here.
Tom Kilbey - here.
Marlon Pack - here.


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Date:Tuesday May 10 2011
Time: 9:51AM


Amazing, so the message from PFC to any aspiring young footballer is don't come here we don't want you. I know nothing about any of these lads and wouldn't suggest keeping them if they are not going to make the grade but the wrong message is being sent out here.
10/05/2011 11:01:00
I guess SC just has great faith in the job AA is doing and that he is going to bring players forward fast. If SC really felt that none of the above were going to be first team regulars he is probably right to cut free and let these lads try and establish a career elsewhere
10/05/2011 11:14:00
Completely agree with Mick Tait .. No room for sentiment when on a limited budget (or ever really) .. I'd rather have another first team player than four third year pros on the books who aren't good enough.. (especially with no reserve team to play in) Good luck to the players involved and I hope they go on to forge a career elsewhere... For those slagging off SC for his 'attitude' toward youth (not on here) I would just add that of those players who he has already released .. how many have (to date) go on to prove him wrong .. .. A big fat zero..
10/05/2011 12:29:00
Completely agree with Mick Tait and Chix if any of the young players that have been released were likely to become Championship players SC would have kept them, unfortunately it is a fact of life that at all clubs not just Pompey the vast majority of academy players don't make it.
10/05/2011 12:37:00
Completely agree with everybody because I am in that kind of mood!! Managers are paid to make thses decisions and Ashford says most fall by the wayside. My brother in law was released by Bournemouth manager Harry Redcrapp and he is a very good carpenter now!!
10/05/2011 13:30:00
Suddenly SC has become a good judge of players. Sonko, Dickinson to name but a couple.
10/05/2011 16:30:00
Lawrence, De Laet, Hogg.. to name a few more ... We can play that game with every manager Bluedr .. even the revered Mr Ferguson..and especially a certain Mr Redknapp !
10/05/2011 19:34:00
Shame for Billy Goddard, i've known his parents for nearly 35yrs! still thats life...Ship! but true
10/05/2011 21:03:00
its time for us to give cotterill the benefit of the doubt - in our position i must say that i am still amazed we have cut adrift so many and i am not sure it will help our future recruitment plans but its his call now.
there can be NO excuses from him from now on tho, this WILL 100% be his squad and a squad that he has put together, this is what he will now be judged on...

oh, and of course best of luck to the guys that have moved on.
11/05/2011 11:05:00
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