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‘Great news,’ ‘Who?’ – Expectations were low when this defender signed for Portsmouth on the cheap but he quickly changed that

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After winning promotion from League Two during the 2016/17 season, Portsmouth were hopeful of keeping that momentum going during the next campaign. 

Even with manager Paul Cook being poached by freshly relegated Wigan Athletic, hopes remained high especially given the appointment of the experienced Kenny Jackett.

The former Millwall and Wolves boss was not willing to rest on his laurels and stick with the side who won them promotion the year before either.

Nine new faces arrived in the summer including the higher profile likes of Nathan Thompson, Luke McGee and Brett Pittman.

One player who arrived to far less fanfare was Chesterfield left-back Dion Donohue.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

Despite having just suffered relegation from the third tier with the Spireites, Donohue’s stock remained high and, having shown his class the year before, was snapped up by Pompey for just under £100,000.

Even with that impressive League One campaign under his belt, however, the Fratton Park faithful were split on the quality of the signing:

Over the course of the season, the Welshman won over every fan at the club with some terrific displays playing both at left-back and in the middle of midfield.

Making 37 appearances in the league, Donohue was one of Jackett’s key men as Pompey narrowly missed out on the playoffs, finishing eighth in May.

His end product caused absolute havoc with opposing defenders on a regular basis as he racked up four assists and was a constant outlet for the south-coast side down the left-hand side.

A nasty injury suffered in pre-season means his impact on the current season has been badly limited but he will undoubtedly be straight back in the squad when he returns in the coming weeks.


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Article title: ‘Great news,’ ‘Who?’ – Expectations were low when this defender signed for Portsmouth on the cheap but he quickly changed that

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