Pompey close in on new goalkeeper

Trevor Carson
Trevor Carson

Pompey are closing in on completing the loan signing of Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

The 25-year-old is today set to join on a 93-day emergency loan deal to solve Guy Whittingham’s keeping headache.

The Blues boss has been looking for alternatives this week following John Sullivan’s mistakes in the humiliating 4-2 defeat at York last weekend.

In addition, there remain doubts over his deputy Phil Smith stepping in as a replacement having himself been consigned to the bench after a high-profile error at Mansfield in August.

As a result, former Ipswich stopper Arran Lee-Barrett spent two days training with Pompey earlier this week, only to depart on Tuesday.

Whittingham has instead decided to continue his search elsewhere in an attempt to bring in a new face in time for Rochdale’s visit on Saturday and Carson fits the bill.

The Northern Ireland under-21 international played for the Shakers as recently as Saturday in their 2-1 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge.

He has been a regular for Pompey’s League Two rivals, initially spending two loan spells there before signing permanently from Sunderland in the summer of 2012.

Since then he has racked up 59 appearances – but now Pompey have stepped in.

Bury lie one point behind Whittingham’s side and have decided to go in a different direction with their goalkeeping situation.

Former Bolton trainee Robert Lainton made six appearances for Kevin Blackwell’s side earlier this season before being replaced by Carson.

The Gigg Lane outfit also have veteran Brian Jensen on their books after he joined initially on a short-term deal in September.

After considering their goalkeeping numbers and the chance to save money on the wage bill, they have been persuaded to allow Carson to make the Fratton Park switch.

It is a move made possible through chief executive Mark Catlin’s close ties with Bury, where he formerly worked and still has contacts.

And today Carson is expected to be at training with his new team-mates as the deal is pushed through.

He will then be considered for Rochdale, a match which represents a must-win for Whittingham’s side following their disappointing form of late.

They have also lost three of their previous four matches at Fratton Park.

That’s a run which supporters will expect to see ended this weekend.

Carson’s anticipated arrival will leave Whittingham with three goalkeepers in his small squad, another problem to negotiate.

However, he will seek to loan out either Smith or Sullivan to accommodate the new face in the ranks.

Smith signed a one-year deal in the summer, while Sullivan penned a two-year contract.