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*Pompey Sign Thompson*

David Thompson has become Portsmouth`s second signing of the summer having already signed Glen Johnson. David joins Pompey on a year long deal with a view to a longer deal should he impress.

Portsmouth websites such as ourselves and/or newspapers normally report we are after a player before he signs, however the club and player kept this one quiet.

So Who Is He?

David Thompson was born September 12, 1977 in Birkenhead, England.

Thompson has played for Liverpool, Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic.

His Liverpool debut came on August 19, 1996, as late substitute against Arsenal though he only played one more game before he was loaned to Swindon Town for a while in November 1997. He put in impressive performances at Swindon which led him breaking into the Liverpool side.

In the summer of 2000 he moved to Coventry City, his debut saw a 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough and he was sent off in the 71st minute.

His carrer was moving on as he played for the England under 21`s but his Coventry City team were relegated during the 2000-01 season, and he tried to leave for a move back to the Premiership.

Failing to manage this, he had to wait until August 2002 when Blackburn Rovers signed him for £1.5 million. His appearance in the team was an inspiration to his fellow players and made a big impression on the club.

His rise in division as well as form gave him international recognition, as Sven-Göran Eriksson named him in the England squads against Slovakia and Macedonia.

In recent seasons Thompson has been prone to injury, a cartilage problem and further surgery in 2003-04 led him to suffer a huge dip in form and simply wasn`t the player he was. These injuries and poor form on return meant that Blackburn allowed him to leave on a free transfer to Wigan on January 19, 2006. After just seven appearances for Wigan they released him in May 2006.

He has made 232 apperances scoring 33 goals, receiving 64 yellows and 5 reds.

Why Have We Signed Him?

We`ll he isn`t going to win us the league but he is no doubt a talented player. I think the main reason for signing him is his versatility, he can play in pretty much any position across the midfield and will become a squad player.

He gets stuck in for someone so small and once said, "I don't deliberately go out to hurt someone."

When he joined Wigan on a free in January, Paul Jewel told of his reasons for signing him;

"He's a talented lad who can play in a number of positions and he also has an eye for goal.

"I only believe in bringing players in who add something new to our squad, and in signing David we have done that."

With regular football, Harry and the amazing Pompey fans behind him I think that Harry may have just signed one of the biggest talents available for free this year. You Pompey fans are going to love his desire and fight and he will love yours.

Anyone see an English theme to the signings and contract signings, NUGENT!?!

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Date:Friday July 28 2006

Time: 12:00PM

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Don't know a great deal about Thompson, but I understand he used to play for Blackburn and signed on a free having been released by Wigan. Anyone know if he's any good?
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28/07/2006 12:05:00

He seems to have been let go by 3 clubs, perhapse it's an attitude thing.
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28/07/2006 12:09:00

the news says it's an injury thing, perhapse that is why it's only a one year deal, i think the fans will still need a name signing
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28/07/2006 12:11:00

Hes ok but he is always hit with injurys. If he got relessed from Wigan how is he a top player we r looking 2 get r club up and running. i have seen him playing for Liverpool in his early days and he was a good player, a player who deserved an England place. But with injures he dont look as good as he used 2. He plays on the right, i dont see why we dont go in for Wayne Routledge he is lively and give full backs a hard time so ill give Thompson signing a 6/10
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28/07/2006 12:11:00

Or perhapes we have stopped aiming high in the transfer market and are going back to Harry's old bargin buys
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28/07/2006 12:12:00

Linvoy i hope you are wrong, that means we've given up on the top 10 finish as well
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28/07/2006 12:20:00

russellm i hope i'm wrong but do you think that David Thompson is going to fill the boots of D'Alessandro, maybe Petrov and even Routledge that we had on loan last term. I don't
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28/07/2006 12:31:00

not too bad going to give 110% thats for sure, def squad player though
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28/07/2006 12:41:00

He's looked good when I've seen him. Wouldn't have paid a fee for him but a good signing for nothing
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28/07/2006 12:48:00

yer needs to get fit
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28/07/2006 12:58:00

He was a star back along wasn't he. When Liverpool let him join Coventry a few eyebrows were raised as I was always led to believe, or under the impression that he was very much in their thoughts? Had a great time with Coventry, and started well with Blackburn didn't he. Was unlucky not to have go that real England chance, know he was certainly in some squads, but don't think he played. Really unlucky with injuries, but some players are aren't they. A surprising purchase, and hopefully (no disrespect to him, or players of his type or ability) not a sign of what else is to come. He's not the type of name we were expecting, or at least hoping for, but a decent enough one I guess, provided he satys injury free... Will certainly improve the squad, but first opinion, and thoughts, not really the first XI. Only he can chance this and hopefully he will. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain, which can only be good for us in theory? Let the flood gates open...
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28/07/2006 13:02:00

He is a backup player ot add depth to the squad, i will be surprised if we see him turning in week in week out, i fully believe he will be a bench warmer, one to come in if someones injured, and maybe if hes good we will keep him, nothing to loose signing him on a free transfer
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28/07/2006 13:11:00

haha lets hope so
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28/07/2006 13:12:00

yer but i think he will do a job i really do
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28/07/2006 13:13:00

I think this is a good signing. It is effectivley a year-long trial : prove your fitness, return to form and win yourself a long-term deal. He is cheap, minimal risk, highly talented (if fragile) -definitely worth a go. Could turn out to be bargain buy of the season.
Fratton Bomb
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28/07/2006 13:22:00

i think it could well be
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28/07/2006 13:35:00

HR did it with Stone & Berger, both good players, prone to injury and unwanted by their clubs. A chance of a repeat performance not be to sniffed at.
Fratton Bomb
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28/07/2006 13:48:00

and sherwood!
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28/07/2006 13:54:00

I'm chuffed - definitely a decent signing. When Wigan signed him, all the talk was that he was going to fill Bullard's role. And I think he could have done a great job there. But I'm glad we've got him. Another option through the middle or on the right, and another goalscoring midfielder. Definitely a positive move.
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28/07/2006 14:01:00

I thought he was superb in his last match for Wigan against Arsenal, displays like that if/when he gets the chance and he could very well prove to be the free transfer of the summer...
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28/07/2006 15:29:00

Well we all saw this one coming, let's trust HR can squeeze something out of him. A good addition the squad.
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28/07/2006 17:02:00

I rate the guy. He is a very good player and gives 100% every match. He suits our style of football. Good signing i'd say.
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28/07/2006 21:56:00

Don't forget we also got Linvoy Primus on a FREE from Reading. Just because they're free doesn't mean they are worth nothing. In some ways he will have something to prove. What have we got to lose.
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28/07/2006 22:57:00

He's playing not only for a future at the Park but probably his future in the Premiership now? At 28 (although not really old) if he can't delivery this season for whatever reason then I wouldn't have thought there will be many, if any Premiership clubs knocking on his door next season? The more I think about it the better a deal it becomes...
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29/07/2006 00:27:00

Harry loves buying free quality castoffs! Let's give him his joy and know he's got nothing to lose with this buy. We're actually short of depth in the midfield at the moment - hence the use of Ivica Morna, Frank Songo'o and Andy Griffin in midfield in recent games - looks better than them don't you think?
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