Dicko’s Pompey stay could become permanent

Carl Dickinson is back at Pompey on an initial one-month loan deal
Carl Dickinson is back at Pompey on an initial one-month loan deal

Pompey will consider recruiting Carl Dickinson permanently if he impresses on his return to Fratton Park.

The News yesterday revealed how the 25-year-old was joining on a month-long loan deal.

The left-back has now gone straight into the squad for tonight’s trip to Stevenage.

Dickinson made 39 appearances during his previous stay on the south coast in the 2010-11 campaign.

He joined Watford at the end of that season and played 41 times.

Now he is out of favour at Vicarage Road and Pompey manager Michael Appleton has admitted he may look to make Dickinson’s stay a long-term one if he does well.

He said: ‘Carl’s a big, physical boy with a good stature about him.

‘He’s an honest lad and my type of player as he wears his heart on his sleeve and gives you 100 per cent.

‘It’s a massive change around at Watford. They want to go down a different route and the impression I get is they don’t see Carl as being part of that.

‘So this is an opportunity to get him for a month and, if it is beyond that, so be it.

‘With the fact he has been completely left out of their squads, there might be something to play with in terms of joining permanently.

‘Let’s have a look at him and, if it is something to pursue, then we will do.

‘At the end of the day he has to want that as well.

‘At the minute it is only a month loan, so he might be using that just to get games.

‘That doesn’t worry me. He will be professional to come in and play games for us and give his best for Portsmouth.’

Dickinson’s last appearance was in Watford’s 5-1 defeat to Derby on September 1.