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Pack joins Cheltenham

The news that Marlon Pack has signed a permanent deal at Cheltenham Town where he has been on loan all season will surprise no-one.

One of the many promising Pompey youngster released by boss Steve Cotterill it is good to see Pack snapped up so quickly. Pompey born Marlon made just one first team appearance for his home town club in the Carling Cup against Crystal Palace on 24 August 2010 as an extra time substitute, scoring in the subsequent penalty shoot out which Pompey won.

I know all Pompey fans will wish him well and hope that this decision to release young players will not backfire on the club in the years to come.


Meanwhile it appears Pompey are attempting to make three of last season loan players offers for the new season although as yet no details have emerged as to whether they will sign permanently or not.

The three involved are Richie De Laet, Greg Halford and Jonathan Hogg although there is some way to go before the deals can be struck. De Laet is being eyed by Norwich and Halford too has his suitors after the fine job he did when converted by boss Cotterill to a centre back, a position he has not occupied before.

Back room staff I know were very impressed with Halford and the maturity he has shown in settling into a strange position without complaining. He has stated his desire to come to Fratton Park.

De Laet has one season to run on his current Manchester United contract while Hogg has just signed a two year deal at Villa Park.

The deal to bring Ipswich out of contract midfield man David Norris to the South Coast appears to have been sealed but cannot be announced until after takeover talks are concluded. Norris was seen at the Eastleigh training ground in the closing weeks of the season and it is possible he agreed some king of deal then.

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Date:Monday May 23 2011

Time: 4:46PM

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i rate pack a better long term prospect than Hogg who is too small and lightweight. Last season we won games, in the first half of the season when Brown was immense, in the middle we were rubbish, but just eeked out enough points in a scrappy run in. I fear for us this year unless we bring some real quality in.
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23/05/2011 17:22:00

Wonder if Storrieteller negotiated any sell on clauses when Diarra went to Real? Probably not - but lets hope that perhaps some more cash is coming our way? http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-utd-favourites-fed-diarra-prepares-quit-real-madrid-1624851
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23/05/2011 19:00:00

Pack is no surprise given he's been on loan for a while, but he was one I (half) expected us to keep.. Still the clear-out must be all but completed now (sighs)... As for Diarra moving on.. his agent has apparently been touting him to Arsenal (and Liverpool) as a solution to their strength in the middle of the park .. how ironic !!.. As for Hogg 'm not convinced .. but upbeat about De Laet & Halford
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23/05/2011 19:09:00

De Laet & Halford only for me please with Norris if possible, yet again all depends on this sodding takeover CSI (Cannot Solve Investment)
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23/05/2011 20:53:00


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