Date: 7th August 2009 at 3:17pm
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As had been expected Pompey have completed the signing of Antti Niemi, with the 37-year-old signing a 1-year contract.

Niemi, as we all know, retired a year ago due to a wrist injury but the keeper was recommended to Paul Hart by Pompey keeping coach David Coles so we have signed him to add competition for David James – not to replace him!

His arrival is also expected to allow us to loan out Asmir Begovic so he can play regularly this season to help his development. Although it seems like Jamie Ashdown’s future ‘might’ lay away from Fratton in a permanent manor…

Hart, talking to The Pompey Site, is happy with his arrival: ‘Antti has got vast experience and will be a welcome addition to the squad.

‘Our goalkeeping coach David Coles worked with him in the past and told me all about his character and his quality.

‘He has a massive appetite to succeed and he relishes a challenge.

‘It provides David James with some good competition and also allows Asmir Begovic to go out on loan, while Jamie Ashdown needs first-team football as well.’

The former Rangers keeper could actually make his Pompey debut against them tomorrow afternoon at Fratton?

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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