Henderson: Staying at Pompey Better for My Development Friday, 10th Feb 2012 09:36
Portsmouth keeper Stephen Henderson says he decided against a move during the transfer window as he felt it was better for his career to stay at Fratton Park where he has established himself as first choice this season having been a regular sub at previous club Bristol City.
On deadline day, Town had offers for Henderson and team-mate Joel Ward accepted by Pompey, while a further bid for Jason Pearce was turned down, with Newcastle also reported to have been keeping an eye on the Republic of Ireland U21 keeper.
Henderson, 23, told the Portsmouth News: “I felt, for my development, I was better staying at Portsmouth. I’ve been waiting in the shadows too long. But I’ve been given the opportunity to actually play here and I didn’t want to jeopardise that.
“I’m not saying I would have but I definitely wanted to stay and felt I owed the fans something.
“I’m pretty happy with how things have gone but I think I’ve got a lot more to show going forward.”
“Of course, the financial side of it needs to be sorted and we’re aware of that. But we just have to get on with it and do the fans and the club proud.”
Meanwhile, Pompey, who are due in court regarding a winding-up order relating to unpaid PAYE on February 20th, are reported to be close to going into administration for the second time in two years.
First his petulant outburst in twitter then this ridiculous statement! He would have been first choice here if he'd looked at our keeper situation so using 'development' as an excuse is rubbish! Your club is going out if business mate, how's that good for your development!? If you want first team football, Newcastle aren't the answer either!
I think his agent knows we'll be back in for him hence this story!!
Keaneish - I actually admire his loyalty, his "outburst" on twitter was simply him reassuring Pompey fans that he was not leaving. Our club is hardly on the up at the moment, so can't blame him for not wanting to come here!
Let's hope that Pompey's administration is all it is because if they do go out of business and drop out of the league I believe that all the clubs that have gained points against them will lose those points making Town 3 points worse off.
I'd like loach too and point taken on his loyalty wallingford_boy but he has to realise he's a commodity and football is a merry go round of transfer deals so throwing his toys out of the pram like he did in my opinion with his twitter post makes him seem a little naieve!
I'd rather a keeper who wanted to come here like Scott Loach Undoubtedly would. Also, what's Neil Alexander doing these days? Great shame he wanted to try his chances at ibrox. Wonder if he's still the same keeper he was.
I think a new CB, new RB and new GK are essential for next season. We need to have some continuity in the team and a strong, commanding, regular back 4 (5 with the keeper) are what we have been missing for some time.
Agree that Neil Alexander looked good for us - shame that, yet again, some players prefer money to regular football. Also a shame that one of our brighter prospects got so disillusioned with the state of the game, that he would rather try his luck at Gealic football.
I am a fan of Scott Loach but he has made made some horrible errors over the past few months. The one good thing is, he has said one day he would like to play for Ipswich which is refreshing in itself. He will be better than anything we have at the moment ALB in goal tomorrow gives me the wobbles. As for Henderson well he will say what the Pompey fans want him to say. I expect them to get a stay of excecution and this will drag on a little more. If however a points deduction is enfored is should be between 15 and 19 points bearing in mind Pompey went into administration less than 3 years ago thus infringing administration rules.
From end of jan posting in the times, might be worth it end of season loan then perm move in the summer?
"Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has conceded that the club are taking a calculated gamble in allowing goalkeeper Craig Gordon's contract to run down. The Scotland international, 29, who joined from Hearts in 2007 for £9m but has suffered numerous injuries, could be dispatched on loan to a Championship club to build fitness."