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For the first time, David James has openly spoken about his desire to continue playing Premiership football. With four days remaining on his existing contract at Pompey it would now seem that Jamo sees his future elsewhere with West Brom and Wolves bound to be interested.

This leaves Pompey literally without a goalkeeper going into the new season with Liam O'Brien being away on international duty when the season starts.

James's imminent departure will be a massive blow to Pompey with many fans seeing England's No.1's apparent willingness to remain at Fratton Park as a key foundation stone upon which to build a new start for the club. It will also be a disappointment to the rest of the remaining squad who without doubt would have wanted David James to be alongside them for the coming season.

Written by Dave_S139.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 26 2010

Time: 11:23AM

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got to say that i would be 'gutted' to see jamo move on...
in all honesty, whilst i understand his thinking - he has little time left - and lets be fair we are still up in the air as a club - i honestly thought we would see the loyalty from jamo that he was 'seemingly' preaching?
altho until it is 100% confirmed that he is leaving lets not jump any guns, what he said - and i do not know if it was in his press conference with england yesterday or not - 'might' have been taken out of context? then again i am 'probably' clutching at straws...
'if' he goes i am sure cotterill will pull something out of the hat, altho tbh - apart from when he is away with england - i would not mind seeing o'brien given this chance. if he is good enough he is old enough and has to start somewhere!
pompeyrug
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26/06/2010 11:44:00

Even if Jamo stays, we should look for another goalie. We surely cannot rest on O'Brien. There are plenty of goalkeepers out there looking for the chance to play in the Championship. Cotterill must look at players that has never played in the Championship before, they would come for a few bugs and expect few bugs. Perhaps Justin Haber, Malta's national keeper. He is a Sheffield United player on loan at Ferencvaros. He can do a job as a second keeper.
Pompey Malta
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26/06/2010 11:57:00

Gutted. Absolutely Gutted. But he has already shown remarkable loyalty to our club, and if he can continue to play in the Prem, which he is good enough to do, then best of luck to him. As for a keeper, if they don't release the transfer embargo we're stuffed! Herman in goal anyone?
tracyc
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26/06/2010 11:58:00

I always hope he would stay on, especially if he plays at the WC. But as Rug said, I won't believe it unless I ee it happening. Tracy, Herman for captain you wanted to say? He is next in line, for sure.
Pompey Malta
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26/06/2010 12:03:00

Alan Alan Alan Knight, Alan Knight Alan Knight.
bluedr
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26/06/2010 13:35:00

Harry has been on Sky saying what a great keeper James is. James has said he wants Prem football but he hasn't actually said he wants to leave Pompey also we have a straw to clutch on to. The other thing about the link is it's a long time link with the Baggies that no one had heard of before.
russellm
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26/06/2010 13:40:00

Dave, I can only find the story on teamtalk, I can't find it on Sky, BBC or any of the national dailys; is it anywhere else?
russellm
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26/06/2010 13:51:00

liam O'Brien has now been withdrawn from The England Squad, by Portsmouth for the European championships in France from 18th-30th July. He will return to pre season on Thursday at Pompey, and travel with them to the USA. Although hes dissapointed to miss out with England (He remains on stand by) he is absolutely thrilled to be given a chance in the first team squad,something hes worked very hard towards.
uplandblue
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26/06/2010 13:57:00

Russell it's in the Daily Mail and posted under 'transfer gossip' in the forum.
PFCblue
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26/06/2010 15:21:00

russell; I think it was the Daily Mail website that Isaw hom quoted on. Haven't seen the piece about O'Brien being withdrawn from his international commitments but maybe that, in part, supports the anticipated departure of David James.
Dave_S139
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26/06/2010 19:46:00

Not at all surprised. It is my firm belief that he wanted away last summer and this January and would have gone if he could have been guaranteed first team football. Why should he be any different from the others?
Gandor1
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27/06/2010 08:36:00

 

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