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O'Neil completes Boro move

O'Neil completes Boro move

Gary O'Neil has completed his move to Boro, signing a 3 year contract for a fee believed to be around £5m.

Earlier in the evening it looked as though the deal might collapse, as he had failed a medical due to his long standing ankle problem, but these difficulties have been ironed out and he has gone.

We had been told that he would not be sold, but as he has, if he was always likely to be - which might not have been the case - then with Harry Redknapp so keen to have got Yakubu back why did they not do the swap deal when they had the chance, not that I am saying I wanted that, as I did not.

Yep, sometimes you have to accept that players leave but I am more gutted that O'Neil has gone than virtually any other player to leave this club in the past.

Like many others on this very site, as well as thousands off it I saw O'Neil make his debut as a 16 old kid against Barnsley and knew right away that this fella was going to be a star, even back then there was talk that 'bigger' clubs could be sniffing around.

We kept him, he built himself up and made himself every inch the star I bragged to so many people that he would be.

You do not get many like him, so we have not only lost a fantastic footballer but someone who quite literally bled Pompey. He may be someone that can be replaced in the side but Pompey have lost something more, part of this clubs heart, which will never be replaced, has been given away.

I am not saying we have any now, but mercenaries come and go who will bleed this club dry, or at least try to before escaping at the first opportunity they can, he did not ever seem like the kind of fella that would have ever done that.

He has not been forced as the suggestion from some might be, but he has had to do what was best for him and was probably left with an offer that was too good to refuse, so he became the sacrificial lamb to the slaughter that Peter Storrie had spoken about.

Gutted, simply gutted, good luck to the fella who will be missed tremendously and although others will fill in for him he will never be properly replaced as his influence at the club ran deeper than his tireless effort on the pitch, but alas we have to move on, he has now gone, we cannot alter that.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Saturday September 1 2007
Time: 12:27AM

Comments

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The most loyal and long term player currently at this club. Mr Portsmouth moves on but why. Have we bought better, I think not. The only white faces left in the squad would appear to be Nugent and Taylor, assuming Harry's is Red. I am definitely not prejudiced but soon I think we will be known as 'THE ALL BLACKS'.
pompeygray
01/09/2007 01:31:00
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Nice lad, good play but don't be too romantic. GON has been on sick leave way too much for the team's good. No plaudits from me on the lad who's replaced him although it is hard to dribble past a small cargo vessel at any speed. The Glen Johnson move is a good one for the club. GJ can make some dodgy decisions but he will mature and become a natural replacement for big Sol when he moves on.
AussieBlue
01/09/2007 06:49:00
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|Only Youth product, gone!
paultsmouth
01/09/2007 07:13:00
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Bit stuck to say anything that hasn't already been said by countless others.. So Ill say nothing !
Chix
01/09/2007 07:13:00
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Right guys it's happened now lets be positive and now look forward, Positives still got Taylor and Nugent. Christ I'm gutted!!!!
L L Blue
01/09/2007 07:39:00
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LL Blue - well you started the positivities but they didt last long did they !! Yep Nugent & Matty are still here,
Chix
01/09/2007 08:10:00
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Pompey will march on... wounded a little from the battle of transfer... but strong enough to continue our push, on all three fronts towards Europe and the ultimate prize of a second round UEFA cup tie in Siberia .... Heads up men, look sharp, wear your badge & colours with pride and march on....
Chix
01/09/2007 08:13:00
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With Utaka & Lauren around (now GJ will be plain right back) was he going to get a regular spot??? prob not...5 mil...not a bad price....bet u all hate me for thinking this might b a good idea..
CharlieChimes
01/09/2007 08:50:00
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In the cold light of day i think well be ok on the right, and lets not forget that being on the right wasnt GON favoured position either and he was hardly likely to play in the middle this season was he ?
Chix
01/09/2007 09:08:00
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so we have got rid of our only youth product, chix we have replaced him with a player who is no better and to top it all another african, so in Jan we will lose 6 of our squad. With only Bneji likely to be a short term loss.
russellm
01/09/2007 09:13:00
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