Kiely Goes On Loan

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 23 November 2006
Pompey 'keeper Dean Kiely has recently come out in the press and has expressed his frustration at lack of first team action this season. In summary he says that he doesn't want to pick up his wages for doing nothing and at the age of 36 he wants to be somewhere where he can play regularly. Since David James' arrival Deano has only made one appearance in the Carling Cup for us so far.

In response to this, Pompey have sent Kiely on loan to Luton Town for a month and funnily enough he looks certain to make his debut for the club against Southampton at St. Mary's. The Hatters are currently struggling in the Championship and so bringing in Deano might help them keep a clean sheet or two.

I can fully understand why Deano reluctantly wants to leave. As well as he has done for us, I don't think he's as good a goalkeeper as David James so it's unlikely that he's going to break back into the first team. For those of you saying that Kiely shouldn't be whinging and should be happy with picking up his wages at the end of the month, remember, he could have easily taken that attitude at Charlton and who knows where we would be now if it wasn't for some of those crucial saves he pulled off last season.

Kiely's abscence now means that the returning Jamie Ashdown will be Pompey's No.2 for the time being after he returned to the club from Norwich along with Franck Songo'o who returned for Bournemouth after they decided not to extend his loan period. Richard Duffy has extended his loan spell with Coventry for an extra month.

With the loan deadline for League clubs being midnight tonight there has been a flurry of transfer activity going on with young Canadian Pompey 'keeper Asmir Begovic joining Paul Ince's Macclesfield for a month. Stoke City also continue to enhance their reputation as a Portsmouth player's retirement home as ex-Pompey winger Patrik Berger has joined them alongside ex-team-mates Ricardo Fuller, Andy Griffin and Vincent Pericard.

Fratton Faithful will keep you up to date if any more Pompey players go out on loan.

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