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Gary O'Neill Exclusive Interview

Gary O'Neil says he is looking for a regular spot in the team following his first appearance of the season with the win over Bolton at the weekend.

He told his icons site: 'My ankle's a little bit sore now from playing 80 minutes, but it was good to be back and obviously to get a good result. The pain in my ankle is just a small hangover from the operation I had in the summer. It went well for the most part. It's just that one of the tendons they released has got a bit of scar tissue, so I'm just trying to get that to settle down at the same time as training and playing.'

He also says there are some tough games coming up with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal on the horizon adding, 'It's good playing against the top clubs - you look forward to it, but hopefully we can pick up a few points as well. We had some tough games at the start of the season too, so five points so far is a pretty decent return. I'm aiming to be a regular in the side this season, which is going to be tough.'

He also says the reports of interest from Fulham and Middlesbrough are news to him and unless told otherwise, he'll be at Fratton Park this season.

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Date:Tuesday August 21 2007

Time: 11:46AM

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GON is a Pompey legend and I for one want him to remain that way. You cannot buy the loyalty and commitment that a player like Gary gives to the club. He is a link with the past and hopefully a key part of the future.
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21/08/2007 12:04:00

Well said eastneydave GON must feature in Harrys plans... although a gauranteed place in the starting line up might be tough to hold down as he himself acknowledges (either in his preferred position or on the right).
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21/08/2007 12:41:00

Here, here. Players like Gary are priceless. He is more than just a Portsmouth player. You can buy anyone if the price is right but you can't buy his history with this club, his commitment or the way people feel about him and his part in the rise of Pompey. PuP.
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21/08/2007 12:59:00

agreed with everything here fellas - i would happily keep o'neil forever!
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21/08/2007 13:03:00

Absolutely, top player, great guy. Should be in the England squad given his work rate. Letting GON go to anybody would signal Pompey being a selling club. Same for Matty T!
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21/08/2007 13:06:00

didnt have the best of times last season but i hope he stays, same for taylor who did have a great season for us, 9 goals means i hopehe and HR keep the animosity off the field
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21/08/2007 21:45:00

Anotjher top bloke. Will run all day, harrass the opposition, give them no peace. Great crosser of the ball too. Never say die English player complemented by the foreign flair.
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21/08/2007 21:55:00

again you will not see me agruing with that mate...
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