Date:Sunday June 10 2007
Pompey captain Dejan Stefanovic has told The News he is ready to battle with new signings Hermann Hreidarsson and Sylvain Distin - not forgetting the fellas already here Dejan! - for a place in the team next season.
'We've brought in good players and that is good news. Hopefully there will be more to come.
'I'm here and I'm staying. I don't like change and I have a contract here for another season.
'I went to speak to the manager at the end of the season and he wants me to stay.
'I've always been happy here and nothing has changed.
'When pre-season comes I'll be looking forward to getting back into things.
'I want to be in the first 11 - and stay in the first 11.
'Every season there is a challenge. If you want to achieve things you have to push yourself.
'There is a lot of competition but that is good for the team - and I like a challenge.'
This is the kind of talk you like to hear, it is good for club to have players prepared to battle for places.
Stefanovic has been a good servant to Pompey but I would be lying if I said that I think he should be a regular next season - as personally I think his better days are behind him, I would not be alone in thinking this too I am sure - but he will still be a valuable squad member and will play his part I am sure, when it could have been easier for him to have walked away and joined Milan Mandaric at Leicester.
He also said that 'If I was told it was just as a left back I think I might have found another club. But I can do two jobs and I'm happy to do that.'
My own feelings are that left back would be his most likely position of playing football for Pompey next season - regularly anyway, but to his credit also said he will play there if it is to the benefit of the team because 'I don't just think of myself, I think of the team.'
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday June 10 2007
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