Date: 2nd August 2007 at 8:13am
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The sixth signing of the summer came on 11th July when David Nugent signed for Pompey for a fee thought to be £6m, later revealed to be £4.5m – but it could rise to £5.7m. He signed the same day as John Utaka, with both players unveiled at a Pompey press conference.

Nugent’s early days saw him at Bury, with his debut coming as a 16 year old – and even though his career did not start that brightly it was not long before the ‘bigger clubs’ were sniffing around.

Bury were able to hold onto him until January ’05, but after several clubs made moves for him, Preston won the battle for a mere £100,000 to see him try himself at Championship level.

In his first full season with Preston he helped the club to the play off’s, but after promotion was not achieved it was expected that he would leave. However he stayed for another season, but when Preston again missed out on promotion, narrowly missed out on the play off’s, having won his first England cap he decided the time was right for him to move on to challenge himself yet further.

Initially it looked as though Harry Redknapp was against his signing, saying ‘it was too much of a gamble’ as he continued to play it down. When Pompey did officially enter the race it looked as though Sunderland would be victorious, but as they tired of waiting for an answer they withdrew the offer – Pompey pounced and got their man, with Everton nowhere to be seen.

Nugent is more than just a goalscorer, he will also create openings for others but will get his share, with some likely to be crackers. He almost certainly will not get the 20 goals many will be expecting, with goals just into double figures a more realistic target, which should be the aim – and is.

Despite his Merseyside upbringing – which saw him on the books of Liverpool when he was a junior, he was released with him said to be ‘not good enough’ – he would have qualified for the Republic of Ireland, but chose England and will be hoping to add to his substitute appearance that has yielded his only cap to date, along with a goal, in the coming season and years with Pompey.

He has a lot of promise and so long as the fans are patient with him we will see this fully recognised and more.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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