Pompey Finally Find Goalkeeper

Last updated : 29 July 2016 By Jim Bonner

Paul Cook has ended his long search for a goalkeeper by signing David Forde on a season-long loan from Millwall.

If Carl Baker was the signing that would solve Pompey's problems in breaking down stubborn teams at home, Forde may well be the addition to the squad that resolves Pompey's other huge problem from last season.

The 36-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the squad and was playing for the Republic of Ireland as recently as 2014. Millwall fans generally have nothing but good things to say about him and believe his strengths to be the command of his area and keeping cool under pressure.

He could well be the "David James" of 2016 if he can make the difference between Pompey conceding costly late goals and keeping them out. If he makes the same impact that Jamo did back when he signed in 2006 then Portsmouth will justly be favourites to win League Two given the forward players at the club.

With a quality goalkeeper finally signed it seems like Cook may well be done in the transfer market with the season just eight days away. Sod's law says Forde will now suffer a season-ending injury when playing against Bristol City tomorrow...