Keeper aiming for free Pompey switch in January

Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler

Trevor Carson is eyeing joining Pompey for free in January as he continues to impress with his audition piece.

The goalkeeper last week arrived at Fratton Park on a 93-day emergency loan and has made an instant impact.

He has shone against both Rochdale and Oxford, providing a crucial backbone in successive wins for Guy Whittingham’s side.

For Carson, the Blues represent an opportunity to secure a permanent move as he seeks to make a mutually-agreed exit from Bury.

The Irishman claims his parent club have even agreed to rip up his contract six months early to ease him off their wage bill.

And he’s hoping a fruitful spell at Pompey can ensure that happens.

He said: ‘Things haven’t worked out for me.

‘I played a lot of games for Bury last year but with the financial situation the manager is happy to get me off the wage bill.

‘He told me “come January, we wouldn’t be able to pay you anyway so need you off the wage bill”.

‘So this was a good deal for both parties.

‘I am out of contract at the end of the season but have a mutual agreement with Bury they will rip up my contract in January for free, so that’s the plan for me.

‘It’s a three-month loan but basically I am here to try to earn a contract, that is what it is like, so that is my ambition.

‘Who wouldn’t want to be at a club like this?

‘Hopefully it will be a good three months and I can earn a new contract for me and my family.

‘Bury said this is purely financial. When you are only getting 2,000 on the gate it is not a lot of revenue, they have a big squad of 24 or 25 as well.

‘There were only two of us left from last season – now it’s a case of come here and earn a contract for yourself and your family. It’s a great opportunity.’

Carson had been lined-up to join League One newcomers Bradford last summer as Bury sought to trim their wage bill following relegation.

The former Sunderland keeper insists he even shook hands on a deal with Phil Parkinson’s men – only for it to fall through late on.

That ensured the 25-year-old missed the opening six games for the Shakers – but he was a regular again by the time Pompey came calling.

He added: ‘I shook hands on a deal with Bradford and it fell through at the last minute which sort of put me back.

‘A few things happened with their budget. The centre-half got injured and that became more of a priority, so it was a bit of a mess at the start of the season.

‘I didn’t play then Rob (Lainton) didn’t have a great start, so the manager called me in and said “listen, it looks like you are going to be staying so as we are paying your wages you will be playing”. I was more than happy.

‘I just want to play football and Pompey is a no-brainer.’