And so begins the journey... Naturally, I was given an impressive sum of £0 to spend in the transfer market this summer, so I decided to dip my toes into the loan market as well as looking to pick up a golden oldie or two on a free. What Portsmouth really seemed to be lacking was wide players and central defense, so that was the priority. My first piece of business was to secure Donal McDermott on loan from Bournemouth. He looks more than capable of doing a job in League Two and provides that much needed width. As for a defender, I managed to get one Aaron Mokoena to sign on the dotted line, after impressing on a trial.
Throughout pre-season I noticed a constant theme of leaking goals from goalkeeping howlers... Perhaps it is down to the game still being in Beta, or maybe Phil Smith just isn't up to it. Either way, I wasn't taking any risks and decided to snap up young Neil Etheridge for the season off Fulham. With these three players and a few staff additions, my wage budget was really stretched so this concluded my transfer business.
The league begins this week as I play host to Oxford and i'm feeling really confident! Having replaced the goalkeeper and tightened up defence, i'm coming into the game, having scored 11 in 2 and conceded 0. Albeit I played Bognor Regis and Havant & Waterlooville but still, the fact young Neil is yet to concede gives me encouragement.
Links for player profiles posted below:
http://i39.tinypic.com/ngc9xh.jpg - McDermott
http://i43.tinypic.com/2s6slth.jpg - Mokoena
http://i44.tinypic.com/2v13jsy.jpg - Etheridge