Fogden takes pay cut to join Pompey

Carl Baker scores Pompey's winner against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler

Mansfield 0 Pompey 1 – Neil Allen’s match report

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New Pompey recruit Wes Fogden has revealed he has taken a pay cut to join Pompey.

The versatile 25-year-old is set to go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s home clash with Mansfield, although boss Richie Barker refused to reveal whether he would be handed a start.

Wes Fodgen Picture: Dave Haines

Wes Fodgen Picture: Dave Haines

But the former Havant & Waterlooville man underlined his desire to battle for a regular first-team place after walking out on his more lucrative 18-month deal at Dean Court and dropping down two divisions in the process.

Fogden confirmed: ‘Yes, I have taken a pay cut. It was quite a big decision and there was a little pay cut.

‘It was a hard decision because you want to be secure for your family and yourself.

‘But playing football is the most important thing to me.

‘It’s a big step but I have confidence it will work out here and hopefully I can help out.

‘I just want to play football, and with the injuries I’ve had, I just want to play as many games as I can.

‘Your career is very short and you have to make the most of it.

‘I had to weigh up dropping from the Championship to League Two but I don’t mind that. I want to prove myself.

‘I was told they were interested in taking me on loan but I am one of those people who likes to settle and give my everything so I was looking for a permanent deal.

‘Portsmouth were willing to do that as well.’

Fogden also insisted he is ready to start tomorrow’s game, if selected by Barker.

He said: ‘In training I’ve kept up and I’m feeling okay.

‘There is a difference to match fitness but you only get that from playing. But I feel I’m ready to play.’

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