Date: 5th August 2008 at 10:29pm
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…and gets what he wanted – just about…

It has dragged on, and on, and on, and on – you get the point – like it did last summer but Kanu has finally signed his new contract to stay with Pompey and he is more than happy as he told the Pompey Site: ‘I love it here and I want to be part of the team so I’m happy to have signed my new contract.

‘I’ve said from day one that I love the club and I want to do more for the club. I’ve been together with these players for a couple of years now, and the spirit is very good.

‘And, of course, Harry is the main man. Everyone wants to play for him. We want to achieve great things.’

The scorer of our FA cup winning goal last season, which meant that we now get to play in Europe for the first time in our history is really looking forward to this and believes that we can continue to build on the progress that we have made since his arrival: ‘scoring at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final and then the final meant a lot to me. We’re in the history books now, because this is the first time we’re going to be competing in Europe.

‘Everybody wants to play in Europe, and being in the Uefa Cup gives us a greater opportunity to attract great players to the club.

‘Every footballer should be positive and believe they should do more. We finished eighth last season and we want to improve on that again.

‘Personally, I want to do more than I did last season in terms of goals and my all-round football, to work on my weaknesses and give 100 per cent to the club.’

From the beginning I have said that I would be happy for him to stay for another year and wished he had just signed the 1-year contract that was on offer. So whilst it is good that he has done this I am slightly disappointed that we have had to offer the incentive of another year if he plays X amount of games again this season to be honest as we did have an agreement last summer.

Anyway, it is done and this ‘should’ benefit us – I just hope that he is used in the way that will make him most effective this season, as an ‘impact player’ from the bench, which is almost certainly going to be the case as Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe will be the golden boys this season…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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