Cisak wants to be a Pompey ‘great’

Pompey keeper Alex Cisak. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123833-596)
Pompey keeper Alex Cisak. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123833-596)

Alex Cisak took inspiration from his Pompey debut and admitted: Now I want to go on and become one of the club’s greats.

The on-loan goalkeeper was handed an automatic start for the Blues’ trip to Coventry on Saturday, after replacing the now-departed Mikkel Andersen in caretaker boss Guy Whittingham’s 20-man squad.

And the Oldham man immediately repaid the faith shown in him with a man-of-the-match performance which gave Pompey the platform to earn an unlikely point in the 1-1 draw.

A string of fine saves in the first half made him an instant hit with the travelling Fratton faithful, who have been blessed with a rich history of goalkeeping talent down through the years.

Despite being only 23 years of age, Cisak is well aware of the boots he has to fill.

He knows the likes of Alan Knight, Shaka Hislop, David James and Asmir Begovic have set the bar high for any successors to the Fratton Park throne.

Now ambitious Cisak, who is open to the thought of staying beyond his initial one-month deal, wants to be mentioned in the same breath in future years.

‘Portsmouth have a good history of goalkeepers and John Keeley (goalkeeping coach) has done an amazing job with all the keepers he’s had here,’ said Cisak.

‘So, obviously, I want to make sure I’m one of those great keepers as well, even if it’s only for a month.

‘The aim is to do really well here.’

The Australia under-20 international could not have asked for a better start in his bid to go down in Pompey folklore.

His debut showing at the Ricoh Arena was even more impressive given that his last competitive game came in Oldham’s 2-2 draw with Notts County on September 15.

That lack of first-team action prompted Polish-born Cisak’s move to the south coast last week.

And with the shot-stopper already revelling in the opportunity to play first-team football and embracing everything a club of Pompey’s standing have to offer, he’s willing to extend his Blues stay beyond his current agreement.

‘Anything is possible,’ said Cisak, when asked if he would like to stay beyond his current deal.

‘But I’ll take it one step at a time, really.

‘It’s a club I’d like to stay at. It shouldn’t be in this division.

‘I’ve heard how things were run before and obviously it’s upsetting with what’s happened.

‘It’s a massive club with a huge fanbase and I just look forward to playing for this club.’

He added: ‘The fans are great.

‘I played at Fratton Park at the start of the season with Oldham and won 1-0 but the fans were great all game and the away support on Saturday was great again. It’s not something you get nervous about.

‘It’s something you get buzzing for.’