Pompey play down O’Hara link

Jamie O'Hara
Jamie O'Hara

Jamie O’Hara will not be returning to Pompey.

The popular midfielder was the shining light of the Blues’ last Premier League campaign in 2009-10 when he swept the board in the club’s player-of-the-season awards.

It’s a campaign few will remember fondly as Pompey were plunged into administration and subsquently relegated.

But O’Hara played a key role in some of the highlights, including the 4-1 FA Cup win at Southampton and the team’s shock run to the final.

After joining Wolves from Spurs in 2011, O’Hara has been hit by injuries and then fell out of favour at Molineux.

That saw the 27-year-old’s contract terminated by mutual consent earlier this week, which sparked rumours Pompey may revive their interest in a player they attempted to sign on loan last season.

But although O’Hara will feel he is capable of playing at a higher level than League Two, Awford ruled out the possibility of making a 

‘That won’t happen,’ said the Pompey boss.

‘I have got enough midfield players, so that will not be happening.

‘We showed a bit of interest last season because we didn’t have Danny Hollands, Nigel Atangana or James Dunne.

‘But I’m fine for central midfielders.’

Meanwhile, Awford has offered Peter Brezovan the chance to continue training with Pompey.

The goalkeeper was brought in as cover for Paul Jones but Michael Poke has now returned from his Achilles injury.

Awford said: ‘If Poke is okay, then we will shake hands with Peter.

‘I’ve told him he can train with us to stay fit and find a club if he wants to do that.

‘He has helped us, so I would willingly help him.’