Jamie Ashdown has admitted he would love to play again for Portsmouth.
33-year-old had spent eight years with Pompey before he moved to Leeds United due to the club’s extreme financial crisis. Now free agent, after not being offered a new deal with Leeds, Ashdown says he’d be proud to wear Pompey shirt again, The News reports.
“‘I can’t rule anything in or out, but nothing would please me more than playing for the club again. I enjoyed my years at Pompey and there were some great times – why not again? It’s great that Awfs (Andy Awford) is the manager. I lived near him not so long ago and got to know him quite well.
“He’s played for the club and had a number of positions. Now he’s the manager, and that is his rightful place. They were some good years for me at Portsmouth and I was able to play at a high standard. I was at the club for eight years and wish it could’ve been longer, but Michael Appleton got rid of me.
“They may want to go for a younger keeper, but they may want to go for it next season and go for someone more experienced. Maybe I could help with pushing another keeper through. I did that at Leeds. You try to mould them and pass on your experience.
“There is not as much money at the club now, but what they are paying is still good money. No-one should be turning their noses up at that. And I still feel I’ve got the best years ahead of me. I’ve had fans get in touch asking if I’m coming back, which is nice.
“I suppose I was a good servant for the club so it’s good to be remembered.”
Portsmouth currently have only one goalkeeper on their books – John Sullivan, who spent the last season on loan at Cambridge. Experienced Phil Smith has been recently released. However, Pompey are looking to sign Trevor Carson, who’s been with the club since October on loan from Bury.