Pompey sign 10 to bolster squad
The news follows the announcement on Thursday that Portsmouth
will be allowed to begin the season on zero points until the club
can come out of administration.
Kieran Djilali, Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Brian Howard,
Izale McLeod, Lee Williamson, Jack Compton, Luke Rodgers and Liam
Walker have all signed one-month contracts.
Simon Eastwood, who played against Plymouth on Tuesday, also
signs after originally playing on a non-contract basis.
Brian Howard will take on the role of captain at the club. The
midfielder has been at Reading for the past three seasons and spent
time on loan at Millwall last season.
Lee Williamson joins from last season’s play-off finalists
Sheffield United, dashing the Blades’ hopes he would sign a new
deal at Bramall Lane.
Former Chelsea and Fulham man Jon Harley spent last season at
Speaking to the BBC, manager Michael Appleton said: “They are
just one-month contracts, that is all we can do because of the risk
to both parties at the minute.
“But it’s fantastic for the players, many of which have been
training with us for four weeks, but there is still a fantastic
spirit and they can’t wait to play.”
Earlier on Thursday, Pompey got the news they needed when the
League granted them permission to start the season in
A League spokesman said: “Given the ongoing dialogue between the
administrator and the Supporters’ Trust, the board has given its
consent to Portsmouth beginning the new season in
“The club will start on zero points, with the conditions of
membership announced at the board’s previous meeting – including a
10-point deduction – not coming into effect unless and until the
club exits administration.”
Portsmouth’s future remains uncertain after former owner Balram
Chainrai withdrew his offer to buy the club, but the Pompey
Supporters’ Trust remain hopeful of completing a takeover.
Administrator Trevor Birch welcomed the decision, saying: “I’m
encouraged by the League’s decision to postpone any possible points
deduction until it receives an application for membership by the
“At that stage, the application will be accompanied by a request
for a review of the points deduction.”