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Cranie to go out on loan

According to skysports.com Martin Cranie could be returning to the Championship - having left this league when he switched from the Saints to Pompey in the summer - by joining QPR on loan.

Struggling QPR, who this week sacked former Pompey boss John Gregory - sends a shiver down my spine just thinking about it! - have put Mick Harford in temporary charge - although Pompey no.2 Tony Adams has been linked with the post, but this would seem highly unlikely - with it believed that they see the England U21 defender as a man to help sort out their abysmal defence.

Cranie, who was on Thursday called up again for the U21s would benefit from such a move as he is not that likely to play much for us this season is he? But I think the fella has a massive future ahead of him so in a year or so I can see him making a fullback position his own, even if it might not necessarily be on the right…

Also, Pompey have further strengthened the youth at the club with the signing of Millwall youngster Tom Kibley.

The 16 year old midfielder joins our Academy for an undisclosed amount only 4 months into his 2 year scholarship contract.

This will clearly annoy Millwall boss Willie Donachie who has been very put out with the amount of young Millwall stars being courted by Premier league clubs.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 5 2007

Time: 7:00AM

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Ah ha... so my sources were right about Kibley... apparently he's a pretty useful kid and one that will add to the strength we need coming through our academy - I never picked up about Cranie though, and must admit I find this a bit odd, good for Pompey but for him ?? Wouldn't he have been better of staying at Scummers for the time being ? it's a shame QPR have already played Saints once (QPR lost 0-3 at home) as it could have made interesting watching - They're matched again in February.
Chix
that would have been good wouldnt it - i reckon that he has already benefited from moving here, but a bit of time away rom pompey this season playing regularly will do both good in my opinion... i have to admit that i know nothing about kibley - but he must be a good enough talent as weve hunted him for a while now. he should be another good youngster to come through in a few years time all being well...
pompeyrug
Harry always prefers 1st team football in the lower leagues, than reserve team football. I'd think so would the player. Youth/Acadamy players, rather have them than not or they go elsewhere, need to develop that with the local talent.
storagematt
Chix were your sources the vital millwall fans who were somewhat negative about us last week? Personally i dont think we should let Cranie go, he is good and i feel we need the cover. Very good to see us buying for the future i tell you all its all part of the grand plan for UEFA push
russellm
Crainie looks a good footballer and will be required pretty soon to provide cover when the injuries and suspension kick in. Maybe a short period at QPR would do him good to keep him match fit, but come December and January i am sure he will be a squad member we will need.
Owenspompey
that sounds a good idea to me - i never wanted him to go out for the season, just a month or 2 would be a good thing.
pompeyrug
i rate cranie above hreiderson as a first team playor from what i have seen of him. Herman does have a little more experiance, so it was no surprise tht he featred in our opening games, but i would like to see a much younger side playing in one of the cups. It is excellent, that we are investing in our youth - just so long as we keep hold of them when they mature into stars!
pompeycarpet
i completely agree with you pompeycarpet, as most of you will know i generally bleat and whine on about our clubs legendary off the field lack of professionalism but for the first time ever i really feel the club are changing. from the del boy "first team only" approach, to a big thing attitude. Its not just the academy, god knows why but jackastorrie is getting onto the decision making boards, and in english football that really matters. I also am given to understand that the FA and PL are pleasantly surprised about the way Sasha conducts club business off the field, particularly during the various inquiries, and because of this pompey are gaining the same up and coming reputation off the field as well as on it.
russellm
i would be really interested to hear more about what you say russ - ideally if you have the time and have enough info to share an article with more insight into what you have said would be fantastic...
pompeyrug
Times change dont they, it was only a short time ago that we were a bunch of wrong uns, now russ reckons the big wigs are impressed with us. Storrie seems to be highly regarded by the Premiership which improves our status with them surely. Mind you i would not like to upset Sasha, russian mafia and all that !!
Owenspompey
 

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