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Cranie makes it four for Pompey

Cranie makes it four for Pompey

Pompey have made their fourth signing today, with the announcement that Martin Craine has moved 17 miles east to Portsmouth from Southampton.

Pompey manager Harry Redknapp was keen to land the 20 year old to provide yet further cover to an already huge defensive contingent. Craine signed a three year contract and he told the Pompey Official Site 'This is a great opportunity for me to progress. I'm very much looking forward to playing for Harry again and working alongside some of the best defenders the Premier League has ever seen. Portsmouth are a very ambitious club both on and off the field and I want to be part of their future success.'

It is not clear at this stage where or even if Craine will feature in the first team next season, but Harry Redknapp was very pleased to land the defender - 'Martin is a very promising young player who has the ability to go right to the very top of the game.' he told the Club's official site. 'I remember when I played him at Man City when I was at Southampton and he did a great job that afternoon on Shaun Wright-Phillips. He has bags of talent and is a great addition to the squad.'

Perhaps now Harry has added to the midfield and also again to the defence, we can expect an announcement of a fifth signing soon in the shape of a striker?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday June 26 2007
Time: 4:48PM


Perhaps this is not such a surprise buy. IF he's got potential, its clever of HR to buy someone who will be happy, initially, to sit on the bench and learn from our fantastic defenders whist being available for a game or two to keep him quiet. I assume Burley didn't rate him at all as The Scum had defensive problems on and off last season and he still didn't figure. Hope HR knows what he's doing. Glad he's English though.
26/06/2007 17:45:00
nice to see him sign, and nice to see that 30% of scummers think they will finish in the bottom 5 places in the championship :)
26/06/2007 17:48:00
As above, brgrudge giving scum any cash but aslong as it is over 3 years, then they can't spend it all at once. Ideally after 3 years they'll still be in Div 1 or even better Div 2.
26/06/2007 18:43:00
Scum defence wasnt that bad for them and Burley felt that he couldnt stop Cranie from leaving and would use the money else where so hopefully their loss (long may it continue) and our gain fair enough. What worries me is who the 65 year old striker willl be that harry gets to restore the age balance of the team.
26/06/2007 18:51:00
i would take issue with Huge densive contingent, i think most accept that dej and one or two others dont have much of a future
26/06/2007 18:52:00
yep he is a good signing - to use that old cliche 'one for the future'... it will be difficult for him to win over some fans but as far as i am concenred once he crossed that blue line he became one of us so will be judged on merit - not his past... it will be interesting to see how 'arry does use him as he is not known for playing that many youngsters is he... striker - ideally strikers - next tho definately 'arry!
26/06/2007 19:09:00
Can't be Derek Dougan
26/06/2007 20:44:00
Anything to spite the scummers.
26/06/2007 20:50:00
RIP Derek.
26/06/2007 20:50:00
Great player - what would you give for a player like that now? how much would he be worth?
26/06/2007 21:02:00
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