Pompey star toasts bright new dawn

111439-047_POMPEY_SWANSEA_SR_23/4/11'Pompey vs Swansea City at Fratton Park.'Hayden Mullins on the ball.''Picture:Steve Reid 111439-047

111439-047_POMPEY_SWANSEA_SR_23/4/11'Pompey vs Swansea City at Fratton Park.'Hayden Mullins on the ball.''Picture:Steve Reid 111439-047

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Hayden Mullins toasted Pompey’s bright new dawn after Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) finally seized control of the club.

The group yesterday completed their protracted takeover from Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir for a reported £15m.

It comes as a massive relief to Blues fans, whose club had faced an uncertain future with the pair at the helm.

For Mullins, one of the Blues’ longest-serving players and this season’s The News & Sports Mail player of the year, the purchase is to be applauded.

Along with Pompey’s other remaining players, the midfielder was texted by the club about CSI’s successful takeover minutes before it was made public.

And he joined the fans in tipping better times ahead at Fratton Park under their leadership.

He said: ‘It’s great news. I think it’s brilliant for the club and hopefully we can now all move forwards.

‘Finally, the club has been taken over and we’ve got owners that want to be at the club and want to put money in.

‘The last lot didn’t really want to do that, although got it on a level playing field.

‘Hopefully, these people want to invest in the club and take it forward, which is what it needs.

‘The manager is looking to make the signings he wants, the club is looking to push on and we all want a new stadium and training ground.

‘Hopefully, these things can now happen under the new owners – it is clearly heading in the right direction at the moment.

‘As players, the club has tried to keep us informed along the way.

‘Before we were kept in the dark and found out from the press.

‘That shows you how much things have changed and this really is brilliant news.’

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