Hollands out to earn longer Blues stay

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

Danny Hollands is determined to become part of Pompey’s long-term future after signing up for his latest rescue mission.

The former Chelsea trainee arrived on loan from Charlton Athletic last Thursday – the same day Andy Awford was installed as caretaker manager after Richie Barker’s departure – and Hollands made an impressive debut in the 2-1 win at Newport County.

But the midfielder has previous in helping clubs avoid the drop from League Two, having played a key role in saving Torquay United back in 2006 and then AFC Bournemouth in 2009 – as the Cherries recovered from a huge 17-point deduction to stay in the division with one game to spare.

The 28-year-old midfielder will be a free agent in the summer and, while he has a short-term goal to beat the drop with Pompey, he has already made it clear he is open to a longer stay if all goes to plan over the next six games.

Hollands said: ‘I’ve come here initially on loan. But I’m on trial at the club and I’m here to see if I like it as well.

‘I came here for seven games and I want to help the club stay in the league, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out a permanent move at all.

‘It’s a massive club. I understand that some people might wonder why I’ve dropped from the Championship to League Two but that doesn’t matter to me.

‘As long as I’m playing, this is a great club to play for and I can see the club only going forward.

‘I’m sure the club will move forward rather than backwards.

‘My main concern is to play as many games as I can and see if they like me or not. As much as I would be interested, they might not be interested in me, so we will see what happens.’

Although Hollands was initially approached by Barker, he had no hesitation in agreeing to complete the move once Awford had given it the go-ahead.

He said: ‘There was an approach under the previous manager and then Andy Awford had to approve it because different people have different opinions.

‘I was a bit worried when I heard the manager had left but my agent called me and told me Andy had taken over.

‘I know Lee Bradbury from my Bournemouth days and he knows Andy very well.

‘I’d heard good things about him, so I was happy to come and play for him and he was happy to give it a go as well.’

And although he has played his part in helping clubs avoid relegation, Hollands was then an integral part of the Cherries team who secured promotion the following year in 2010.

He said: ‘My first loan move when I was a young lad at Chelsea was to Torquay and they were bottom of the League Two at the time, but we ended up staying up.

‘Then at Bournemouth we had the big points deduction and stayed up.

‘But I’ve got promoted as well – I’m not just a relegation battle specialist!’