Thompson happy with Pompey loan exit

Josh Thompson. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122542-369)
Josh Thompson. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122542-369)

Josh Thompson has backed Pompey’s decision to let him go out on loan.

Now the 21-year-old is bidding to rack up as many games as possible before his scheduled return.

Thompson hasn’t made a Blues appearance since September 15.

He was failing to make the substitutes’ bench when fully fit.

And that prompted the defender’s loan departure to Colchester until the end of the year.

It was an outcome which was mutually agreed, according to Thompson.

Since then he has struggled to break into Colchester’s first team, making just three appearances.

However, he was granted his first start in the 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth last weekend.

There are three matches remaining until his U’s stay is up on December 31.

And Thompson is looking for more first-team outings.

He said: ‘I am a footballer and you want to play every week at every club you are at.

‘Going out on loan is what you have got to do to try to play – I have no problem with that.

‘It was a joint decision to go to Colchester.

‘I was out for a couple of weeks with my ankle and that did not do me any favours but I have not played much at Portsmouth.

‘At Colchester the opportunities have been limited for a bit but it has worked quite well for me and for Portsmouth.

‘I realise if you come into somewhere on loan – and at a time where players in your position are doing well – then you have got to wait for your chance.

‘This was always the opportunity for me to get more experience and get a few games. I needed somewhere that maybe I might get more of a chance.

‘There is Christmas and a busy schedule just before New Year before my time is up and I want to play in as many of those matches as possible.

‘I am not really looking to plan anything past the loan at the minute.’

Thompson has made three appearances for the Blues since joining from Celtic in September.