Dunne’s future in his own hands

James Dunne. Picture: Joe Pepler
James Dunne. Picture: Joe Pepler

JAMES DUNNE’s Pompey future rests in his own hands.

Paul Cook has stated it’s up to Dunne what lies ahead for him, after he agreed a loan move to League Two basement side Dagenham & Redbridge.

It’s his call

Paul Cook

The 26-year-old joins the Daggers on a month’s emergency loan with the former Arsenal trainee out of favour under Cook.

A number of League Two sides were interested in adding Dunne’s combative qualities to their option

But he has opted to pick up first-team action with Wayne Burnett’s side.

The man who arrived from Stevenage Borough last season proved a popular addition with fans, and made 39 appearances.

He has been restricted to just 11 minutes of action this term, however, after struggling with an ankle injury at the start of the season.

Dunne’s current deal runs until the end of the season, and Cook is open to what lies ahead for the player.

When asked if his future lies away from Pompey, Cook said: ‘It’s not for me to say.

‘His injury hurt him in pre-season so, logically, he didn’t get games when others did.

‘He’s attracted bits of interest as you’d presume.

‘It’s his call.’

Meanwhile, there is still no movement on any of Pompey’s other fringe players going out on loan.

Cook is keen for those not picking up playing time at Pompey to gain experience away from the club.

Youngsters Chad Field and Snorre Nilsen are at Bognor with Calvin Davies on loan at the Hawks and Liam Sayers with Dorchester.

The Pompey boss is being frustrated by the lack of progress on getting first-team players out, however.

Cook said: ‘There’s not as much interest as you’d think.

‘All in all there hasn’t been great interest.’