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Glen Little was as surprised as the Pompey fans were when he signed on to become Portsmouth’s first summer signing. After having a season wrecked by injury, making only a couple of appearances for recently relegated Reading, his career hadn’t taken the best of turns. Redknapp then came calling with an offer Little just could not refuse, a chance to play in Europe and a chance to prove himself to be a Premiership player.

Little, 32, put pen to paper on a one year deal after rejecting the chance to stay at South Coast rivals Reading for one more year. Little insisted his move to Portsmouth ”was a great opportunity for me at this stage of my career.”

Little told The News, ” It’s been a mad time for me and I can’t believe this has happened. There was talk of it happening for a couple of days but the move took place literally overnight.

“I was happy at Reading but then this offer came up at the last minute. I think they understood this was a great opportunity for me at this stage of my career. To come to a club like Portsmouth is just too good an offer to turn down.

“I can’t believe my luck! I’ve come to a great club, with great players, a brilliant manager and excellent support. I had injury problems last season but I feel fine now and have been training all summer. I’m ready for the new season.”

A number of people have expressed their dismay and disappointment of signing Little and all I can say is, can you really call yourself fans? Yes fans are entitled to their opinion and can voice their concerns but why say statements like ‘he’s rubbish’ or ‘a complete waste of money’? It’s not exactly going to make anything better, it will possibly make things worse. Give Little a chance to show what he can do, he’s overcome fitness problems, gone under many checks from the physio team at Pompey and has been given the thumbs up.

Many were expecting much more bigger signings like Shaun Wright-Phillips but what people fail to realise is that we may still be going after him. To have a successful campaign in both league and cup next year, you need a healthy sized squad, a squad size perhaps of thirty. Players like Diarra and Kranjcar cannot play fifty games a season and that’s why Harry has signed a player like Little. He’s a player prepared to sit on the bench and bide his time, being ready to play when he’s needed.

There are many good points about Little, for example…

– He’s a natural winger, something Pompey were lacking last season, width.

– With only a one year contract, he’s going to be aiming to play his best in every game he plays

– He understands English football, in other words he ‘won’t need a season to adjust’

– Reading fans seemed generally disappointed that he had left, always a good sign

– He’s a good crosser of the ball, something that could prove useful for Defoe and Crouch if he signs for us

– He’s not a small player, will add to the team’s already big physical presence

Let’s hope this ‘freebie’ from Reading is as good as the last one we got from them, anyone remember who?

Well for those that don’t, step forward Mr. Primus.


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