New boy’s Pompey frustration

New Pompey defender Ben Chorley
New Pompey defender Ben Chorley

BEN CHORLEY admitted he will be a frustrated figure tomorrow as he waits to kick-start his Pompey career.

But the no-nonsense defender spoke of his excitement at the prospect of his first Fratton Park appearance against Torquay next weekend.

The 31-year-old agreed an 18-month deal on Monday as he arrived from League One outfit Stevenage.

He will have to wait for his first appearance, though, after picking up a red card in his final Boro game against Oldham.

The last game of his three-match ban keeps him out for the trip to Morecambe’s Globe Arena.

Chorley said: ‘It’s good to be here but it’s frustrating to be suspended.

‘Obviously, I’m desperate to be involved and can’t wait to get started.

‘But I’ve had a good week’s training and I’m ready to get going ahead of the games next week.’

Chorley’s previous experiences of going up against Pompey and playing at Fratton Park helped him agree to link up with Richie Barker’s men.

The former Arsenal trainee was part of the Wimbledon set-up who faced Harry Redknapp’s division one champions in the 2002-03 campaign.

And he was in the Leyton Orient side who grabbed a 3-2 win on their visit last season.

Chorley added: ‘I’ve played against Portsmouth before.

‘I was with Wimbledon the season they got promoted.

‘They had Todorov and Yakubu up front with Paul Merson behind them. It was an unbelievable team.

‘I was down here last season as well for Orient.

‘I’ve had good memories of my trips to Fratton Park, the atmosphere is unbelievable.

‘So I know how good the fans are and it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to play.’