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O'Neil says he's going nowhere

Gary O'Neil has spoken to The News for the first time since the rumours about his future surfaced - insisting 'I'm going nowhere', in fact he would like to stay here for another 10 years.

'I don't know anything about it. It's just a silly rumour, which has been blown up.

'As all the Pompey fans know, I have been happy here for years and I see myself being here for the next 10 years yet.

'Yakubu has been linked with us a few times and Middlesbrough are supposedly interested in me so people have put two and two together and got eight or nine.

'I am sure if something serious was going on my agent would phone me.

'But I've heard nothing, and I don't expect to because I'm not interested.'

O'Neil is currently recovering from his ankle operation, but is on track to be ready for next season.

Harry Redknapp recently said that O'Neil was going nowhere, something that O'Neil himself has admitted he liked hearing and so long as both club and player remain happy he has no plans on going anywhere - as he is settled in the area with his wife, who recently gave birth to their first child.

I'll never forget the day that I saw the scrawny chicken legged 16 year old come on for his debut at Fratton in 2000 - I think it was against Barnsley - to become our youngest ever player under Tony Pulis - or tiny, well you can imagine, as some of my fellow south west supporters club members used to comment, believing it regularly sounded more like this when 'Tony Pulis' blue and white army' was sung.

O'Neil is one of the main components of our team, so my thinking remains the same as it has for a long time - it is crucial to our continued development that we keep hold of him.

He might not of had his greatest season in 2006/07 but he will be back - and back with a bang.

It is a preconception that if you play for Pompey you cannot play for England, but if O'Neil gets back to his very best form and shows this regularly he still has a very good chance of doing that even if he wears the blue of Pompey.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 29 2007

Time: 9:47AM

Your Comments

Thank F for that. You can't replace the likes of GON for all his die hard efforts. He may have some quiet games but how doesn't. You need like Matt Taylor, some loyal, english blood. It can't be all fancy foreign flair.
storagematt
Good for you Gary, it is refreshing to see that he still loves the club and wants to play for us. He is continually played out on the right where he is not suited but does it without complaint, plus he played with that ankle injury. I agree with you matt, we need the hard core British players and a bit of foreign flair. Gary, Matty, Sol and Linvoy are the heart of the side we just need an English striker and we should be alright.
Owenspompey
I'd hate Pompey to be full of overseas players. Gary and Matty and Sol and all the others make football and our club seem much less mercenary in today's cash orientated game. Look round the Prem and the Fizzy Pop bunch and you'll see loads of anonymous Africans and Europeans and it's a shame. Having said that, I'm sure they have been taken to the hearts of supporters of Sunny Scunny, Chesterfiels and the Winkle Pickers, Morecambe for example.
Et_tu_Pompeii
exactly fellas, take away the british core and you rip out the heart basically... the only mercenary we seem to have at pompey now is andrew cole - but at this rate he will be starting the season for pompey tho...
pompeyrug
Rug how right you are, it has gone a little bit too quiet on the forward front, Andy Cole come on down !!
Owenspompey
Its good news he is staying for the moment, i say moment Gents, just because in reality the chopice is not Gary's
russellm
If he wants to win trophies them middlesbrough is the last place he should be heading, its a chemical works.
The Rabbi
good to keep our english talent, and a good playor with high energy levls, that actualy wants to play for us (*cough cough* kanu). lets just hope all our other good english playors do the same and pledge there alegiance for another 10 years
pompeycarpet
LoL says the Rabbi insulting the capital area of the north yorkshire moors, and Guisborough some of the mosty amazing scenery places in the country.
russellm
Yes Russell, but look at the area around the ground i.e Stockton on Tees and the ICI chemical works, that is not so lovely is it !! And the top nightclub Zanzibars, the Pompey fans favourite haunt.
Owenspompey
G O'n is the hardcore of the club, our only "Academy" product for the last ten years!
paultsmouth
You are quite right matey, but lets hope that with the new signings that will be changing very soon I reckon getting Paul Hart was a real scoop
Owenspompey
 

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