Pompey's very own Mr Nobody

Last updated : 21 January 2002 By
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In three years Mladen Rudonja has made two starts for Pompey but for a large chunk of his career he has stayed quiet, trained hard and waited patiently for his chance for 'three games'. Unfortuantly despite clamour from this site to give Rudi a go, it seems like 'Turbo' has charged down the wing for the last time at Fratton Park.

In a typically quiet, understated but meaningful outburst, Rudonja has finally had enough and has urged Pompey to 'let him go'. The Blue's want to recoup the £200,000 they paid for the Slovenian and this is hindering interest from other clubs. It is only because he has starred for Slovenia that any are showing any interest all.

Rudonja's cause has not been helped by his refusal to play in reserve games. It seems that Turbo can't get motivated for the reserve team and even asked to be subbed in the first half during a fleeting appearance for the second string at Fratton Park. Recently he impressed the Fratton Faithful with a class display against Gillingham - he was handed a squad number but has still been overlooked in the last two games. This it seems is one step too far for Slovenia's man of the year.

With a Kleenex at the ready and a violin in full flow, he told The News: "Nobody cares. I have been treated like I do not exist, the club do not need me and won't use me but want to accept money for me."

A tragic end to one of Fratton Park's forgotten men...