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Henderson: Staying at Pompey Better for My Development
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.

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Superfrans added 09:44 - Feb 10
Refreshing loyalty, of course. But I wonder if being in League One will be good for his development. If Pompey go into admin, a 10 points deduction looks likely - and so will relegation.
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Keaneish added 09:54 - Feb 10
Is this bloke a bit of a kn*b?

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!!
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Wallingford_Boy added 10:12 - Feb 10
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!
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Farmer_Giles added 10:13 - Feb 10
Can we just sign Scott Loach please, he has said before that he has always wanted to return to PR and Watford need the money..........................
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gypo added 10:14 - Feb 10
Oh well mate not to worry another 10 days and you won't be paid for another month. Perhaps that greedy kn*b Norris could give you a sub !!
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hucks216 added 10:15 - Feb 10
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.
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Behind_Enemy_Lines added 10:16 - Feb 10
I would not surprised if Scott loach was here in the summer!!!
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Keaneish added 10:23 - Feb 10
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.
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Wallingford_Boy added 10:38 - Feb 10
Scott Loach?! Noooooooooooooooo
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allezlesbleus added 11:05 - Feb 10
Good comments Keaneish.

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.
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StowTractorBoy added 11:48 - Feb 10
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.
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MunichBlue added 12:37 - Feb 10
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."
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wazza added 12:38 - Feb 10
Loyalty for any club is one thing but could it be he is holding out to see what happens and maybe get a nice little sign on fee if Portsmouth go under and therefore has no contract?
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Martus added 13:32 - Feb 10
ant blame him, Ipswich have used 4 'keepers this season and with Jewell changing keepers on a whim if they dont perform (Wright, ALB and McCarthy) it would deffiently put me off.
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CornardBlue added 13:46 - Feb 10
Respect him being loyal to fans. but really how many more chances are this club going to get.
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Michael11 added 14:04 - Feb 10
Farmer_giles totally agree i think scott loach is the ideal person, good goalkeeper who loves the club - win win!
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AppysBWA added 15:36 - Feb 10
hes not going anywhere, neither are Ward or Pearce. However please help yourselves to either Dave Kitson or Mokoena
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