Pompey switch is a no-brainer

Izale McLeod is keen to seal his Pompey switch
Izale McLeod is keen to seal his Pompey switch
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In-demand Izale McLeod pledged his future to Pompey and insisted: It’s a no-brainer.

The former Barnet striker is currently attending the Blues’ Spanish training camp ahead of a proposed move.

The likes of Cheltenham, Crawley, Notts County and Rotherham are among a host of League One and League Two clubs who have been pursuing the free agent this summer.

But despite being unable to sign for Pompey at present, the 27-year-old is adamant Fratton Park is his definite destination.

After prolific spells at both MK Dons and Barnet in his career, McLeod certainly has an impressive pedigree.

And he is prepared to keep shunning other interested parties in order to wait for his Pompey arrival to be sealed.

He said: ‘I’ve had to be patient but everything is more or less sorted out now.

‘I am just waiting for the club to sort itself out.

‘Pompey is a massive club in its own right and the manager, from the offset, has shown his faith in me and made his intentions very clear that he wanted me to come to the club.

‘He and I both feel that me and the club fit together nicely and, hopefully, I can come here and score a lot of goals.

‘My agent’s phone has been busy but I have always known right from the start this is the main place I wanted to come – and the manager is a big part to play in it.

‘Despite what it is going through now, it is still a big-name club.

‘The fan base everyone, knows about that, and the manager is very young and ambitious who wants to really go forward.

‘That more than matches my ambitions as a player so it’s a no-brainer in my eyes.

‘I am not going to name other clubs who have come in because I have decided I am Pompey.

‘But there have been a few clubs, a couple of League One and a few from League Two.

‘As soon as the embargo gets lifted I am good to go.

‘At no time have I thought about going elsewhere.

‘It’s a big club and as a player you want to play for a big club in front of really good fans.

‘Clearly, these fans are probably one of the best around.

‘I didn’t ever think I didn’t want to come or waver. I’ve had meetings with the manager, we both agreed and decided I wanted to do something here.’

McLeod could replace striker Marko Futacs, who has sealed his exit to Leicester.

The former Barnet man is one of 10 triallists currently with manager Michael Appleton at Pompey’s Benahavis base in southern Spain.

But despite the transitional feel around the squad and the club, he has enjoyed being part of the set-up so far.

He added: ‘I have been here four days now with the boys and the staff and it feels like a great place to be around.

‘It has been hard work but that is what you need at this stage.

‘The season is just a little over a month away now so you have got to get yourself mentally and physically fit.

‘I am sure we will see floods of players coming in when the Football League give the go-ahead. Sooner rather than later, hopefully.’