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Primus - Pompey days might be over?

Primus - Pompey days might be over?

Linvoy Primus is now recovering from his knee surgery but will not play a game this season, and with him out of contract in the summer he has admitted to The News that he might have played his final game for Pompey: 'Dr Steadman gave me the all-clear, there are no more crutches or knee braces.

'I now have a four-five month plan to get my strength back in my leg, in my knee and then get running again.

'There'll be lots of conditioning work in June and then I'll be back in time for pre-season. Although, I don't know whose pre-season that will be.

'Realistically, I won't be back before July and if you look at it that way I could have played my last game for Pompey.

'It's not something I'm trying to contemplate. Who knows, the club might see the knee is fine during pre-season training and produce a contract?'

I hope that he gets a new deal but it is not looking good judging by recent goings on is it to be honest fellas...

As he said Primus is not trying to think about not getting a new contract too much, as simply getting back playing - which he will - is the most important thing to him at the moment, but he has paid tribute to the club for all the have done to help him through this period: 'I'm just trying to concentrate on getting the knee right first, the contract does not mean anything if I am not able to play.

'To be honest, I am more concerned with the knee than the contract. It's literally knee first and then contract.

'There's not much been said to me on the contract front, we haven't gone down that road yet.

'In reality, my problem is small compared to where the club are.

'There will be a time to talk about it, first there are still a lot of unanswered questions for me personally.

'The club have been great, they paid for my flights to see Dr Steadman and could easily have turned round and said 'No'.

'But at the moment, I have to accept I might not be able to play for Pompey again.'

Primus shows his class alone with his comments though does he not? He is thankful for our help and he always refers to his doctor Richard Steadman as Dr Steadman - what a fantastic fella he is. As much as the other 'fans favourites' have been favourites of mine too Primus has always been my 'most favourite fans favourite'.

I have no doubt that Primus will play again, and will play for a couple more years at least, however I really do fear that as much as I would love it to be here my head is overruling my heart and I do not think that we will see him again in a Pompey shirt, and out of all that have left should this happen the circumstances of this would devastate me the most...

The way players have been ruthlessly moved on when they were under contract makes you think that Primus does not really have much of a chance, and he will probably go the same way as Svetoslav Todorov did when he was out of contract.

Primus has been written off many times before, so you can never say never... but if he does get released at the end of his deal I would love him to stay and train with us to work on his fitness for a few weeks and play a pre season friendly for us so he can at least say a proper goodbye...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday February 6 2008
Time: 11:27AM

Comments

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wat a stupid manager you have. mendes on the bench,pamarot cb, signin defoe and sellin benjani. i truely feel for you's.
Stevie Mc
06/02/2008 11:32:00
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I hope we don't wave goodbye to Linvoy, as he's been great for Pompey - but with some of the players we've lost lately I wouldn't be surprised. I wish him well whatever happens!
tracyc
06/02/2008 11:33:00
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Stevie Mc - that's a bit uncalled for? Mendes is on the bench because we've got better players on the pitch and he can't get in - I'm not sure what you're trying to say about Pamarot, but much as I loved Benjani, the Defoe deal looks a step forward. Terrible eh? James, Campbell, Distin, Diarra, Defoe, Kranjcar, Utaka, Muntari, Baros . . . . Poor us!
tracyc
06/02/2008 11:38:00
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i would love to keep optimus primus, but as said my head is overruling my heart on this one and the ruthless streak being shown will most probably continue with optimus and we will be saying out goodbyes - 'if' we do i really hope that we can at least see him play one final pre season game...
pompeyrug
06/02/2008 11:38:00
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yep, agree tracy with you... i might not agree with some of the 'ruthless' calls that have been made but its a 'cut throat business' the football business these days. 'arry lives by the sword, so he will now die by it if things dont pay off, but given the squad that we have i cannot help but think we are in for our best season ever - in the modern era - so again as you say, poor us whatever are we going to do...
pompeyrug
06/02/2008 11:40:00
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It will be a very sad day when we have to say goodbye to linvoy. undoubtably the greatest personality and loyal servant PFC has had for a long time. Would I be right in saying he is the last of the promotion squad? Unfornately, as we've learnt so painfully recently we have to say goodbye at some point.
SolDestroyer
06/02/2008 11:47:00
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Rug I agree with you about this season but as you know I think we will lose a good number of key players in the summer due to the ruthless calls by HR and I think we will struggle next season if the ownership remains the same, and HR will "die by the sword" as you put it. If as I have predicted the club is sold then eveything will change including the manager so I think HR will lose either way.
frattonaussie
06/02/2008 11:49:00
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As for Leroy; if the club have any heart or respect at all they will offer him a contract, loan him out and then bring his back in a training role for younger players.
frattonaussie
06/02/2008 11:50:00
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who is 'leroy' thats what lawro calls linvoy isnt it... when we played liverpool in the cup and lost 2-1 the other year, he kept saying it over and over... i cant see that happening tho tbh frattonaussie, if he stays it will be to stay here, he wouldnt get a contract 'just to be loaned out' will he?
pompeyrug
06/02/2008 11:53:00
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SolDestroyer, hughesie and ashdown were part of that squad too werent they...
pompeyrug
06/02/2008 11:54:00
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