Michael Doyle delighted to prove Pompey worth

Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Midfielder Doyle has played 26 times for Pompey following summer arrival
  • The 34-year-old has chalked up 606 career appearances since August 2003 debut with Coventry

Michael Doyle believes he has dispelled the doubts by demonstrating his Pompey worth.

Now the veteran midfielder is determined to maintain his high standards as he seeks to drive the Blues out of League Two.

I was always confident in my ability, by taking the year initially I felt I could come here and make an impression. It wasn’t being arrogant, I felt I could bring something

Michael Doyle

During prolonged discussions in the summer – when Doyle trained with the Blues but didn’t attend their Portugal pre-season trip – a two-year deal was mooted.

Instead, the former Sheffield United skipper signed a 12-month contract.

He has since established himself as the heartbeat of Paul Cook’s side, making 26 appearances and taking on the captaincy.

Such has been Doyle’s impressive impact, he was this week handed a contract extension to stretch his Fratton Park stay to the summer of 2017.

And the combative performer is delighted to have proved himself.

He said: ‘I am delighted with the new deal, especially as it kind of felt I had to come down and prove myself.

‘One of the problems for me in the summer was there were so many players on the books and a lot of things needed to be sorted out with those the manager had inherited.

‘In the summer there was a bit of tooing and froing from two-year deals to one but that was never a problem for me, I like to be motivated.

‘Whether two years or one, it would be any different for me.

‘I was always confident in my ability and by taking the year initially I felt I could come here and make an impression.

‘It wasn’t being arrogant, I felt I could bring something.

‘It was just about coming down here, showing what I could do and hopefully that would be enough to earn another contract.

‘Fortunately it’s great the manager and the board have since come to me and felt I’d impressed them enough to be worthy of another year.

‘I expect a lot from the people I work with, in the sense of my team-mates, but also expect that from myself.

‘I’ve always had high standards and expect the best, that is how I have always been.

‘Irrespective of the length of contract, I am still the same character.

‘But this is a little bit of a reward from the club to myself and I am delighted to be here.’

The 34-year-old has so far amassed 606 appearances in a career which has also taken him to Coventry, Leeds and the Blades.

And he is revelling in life at Fratton Park.

He added: ‘I am enjoying my football and that is the most important thing to any player.

‘I’m loving the group of lads I am working with, it’s a great dressing room and the staff are professionally demanding, which is what I like.

‘Everything is perfect. It’s a massive club on the up and great to be part of that.

‘Everything is right for me and I am glad to extend my stay here.’