Old boy keen on Pompey return

Jamie Ashdown. Picture: Allan Hutchings (112985-240)
Jamie Ashdown. Picture: Allan Hutchings (112985-240)
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JAMIE ASHDOWN told Pompey fans: I’d be proud to play for you again.

The former Blues keeper has opened the door to a Fratton Park comeback by admitting he’d love a return to his old club.

Ashdown is a free agent after being released by Leeds, following his move to Elland Road two years ago.

Pompey are weighing up their keeper options, with John Sullivan out of favour last season, Phil Smith departing and Trevor Carson’s loan stay from Bury ending.

Carson remains a likely option for Andy Awford – but Ashdown has revealed he’d jump at the chance to return to the outfit he served for eight years.

Ashdown said: ‘I can’t rule anything in or out, but nothing would please me more than playing for the club again.

‘I enjoyed my years at Pompey and there were some great times – why not again?

‘It’s great that Awfs is the manager. I lived near him not so long ago and got to know him quite well.

‘He’s played for the club and had a number of positions. Now he’s the manager, and that is his rightful place.

‘They were some good years for me at Portsmouth and I was able to play at a high standard.

‘I was at the club for eight years and wish it could’ve been longer, but Michael Appleton got rid of me.

‘They may want to go for a younger keeper, but they may want to go for it next season and go for someone more experienced.

‘Maybe I could help with pushing another keeper through. I did that at Leeds. You try to mould them and pass on your experience.

‘There is not as much money at the club now, but what they are paying is still good money. No-one should be turning their noses up at that.

‘And I still feel I’ve got the best years ahead of me.

‘I’ve had fans get in touch asking if I’m coming back, which is nice.

‘I suppose I was a good servant for the club so it’s good to be remembered.’

Ashdown has been battling a toe injury in recent months, but is confident that problem is now dealt with.

The 33-year-old believes he is the fittest he is ever been and can play on for a number of years yet.

‘I broke my toe when I was still at Pompey,’ said Ashdown.

‘In the end there was a bone growth so I had it fused together with screws. Now it’s as strong as my other foot.

‘It’s been eight months but it’s so much better and I’m pain free for the first time in four years.

‘I’ve got my nutrition right and I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. It’s taken a while but it’s about knowing what to do and knowing your own body.

‘I’d love to play for as long as I can. You never know, but I’d love to play until I was 40.

‘Now I’m making sure I’m ready for next season.’