Factfile: Nosworthy and Kpekawa

Nyron Nosworthy, left
Nyron Nosworthy, left

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Defensive duo Nyron Nosworthy and Cole Kpekawa have signed for Pompey on loan until the end of season.

Here, The News takes a look at the two men brought in to bolster the Blues’ rearguard.

NYRON NOSWORTHY

* Born in Brixton, South London, 34-year-old defender Nyron Nosworthy has represented Jamaica at international level, playing 10 games and scoring once

* Nosworthy began his career as a trainee at Gillingham. There he became famed for running to training each morning as a warm up, despite living a long way away

* Signed by Premier League side Sunderland in June 2005, Mackems fans used to chant ‘They tried to get the ball past Nyron but he said no, no, no’ to the tune of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’

* Converted from a full-back to centre-back under then Black Cats boss Roy Keane, Nosworthy was voted the Sunderland’s player of the season for their triumphant Championship 2006–07 campaign.

* While on Wearside, then-Pompey manager Paul Hart was believed to have had a bid rejected for Nosworthy, who he viewed as a replacement for the outgoing Sylvain Distin, for a fee of about £4m.

* After a two-year loan deal at Sheffield United, Nosworthy instead departed the north east for Watford.

* But while at the Hornets, Nosworthy was spared jail after admitting injuring a cyclist in a road rage attack in August 2013.

* He was sentenced to 42 days imprisonment, suspended for two years, by District Judge Louise Hammond, who said he was ‘reckless’ but had not intended to injure his victim.

* Nosworthy joined Championship strugglers Blackpool in November 2014, in a short-term deal until January 2015, before departing Bloomfield Road for the Blues.

COLE KPEKAWA

* Former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp was the man who gave then-17-year-old defender Cole Kpekawa his first professional contract at QPR in April 2014 - but he is still yet to make a first-team appearance at Loftus Road.

* Kpekawa, whose middle name is Desmond, was nurtured by Rs youth-team boss Steve Gallen, making 18 appearances for the club at youth level last season and notching five times.

* For a defender, Kpekawa is noted for his eye for goal and while playing for the Londoners’ Academy side scored a spectacular 40-yard strike against Crystal Palace in November 2013.

* The 18-year-old was at it again earlier this week, scoring the winning goal for QPR’s Under-21 side in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

* He was part of the Rs’ first-team travelling party to Dubai last month for a training camp and spent two months on loan at League One side Colchester United earlier this season, making six appearances.

* Mpekawa is on Twitter, follow him @officialCole6