Shorey craves the Pompey stability

Nicky Shorey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nicky Shorey. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Nicky Shorey is seeking stability once again – have boots, done travelling.

In the past two years he has played Premier League football for both West Brom and Reading, followed by a stint at Bristol City.

Sandwiched in-between were trial matches at both Brighton and Millwall in the summer of 2013.

Then there was Pompey.

Without a club at the turn of this year and recruited by Richie Barker following a few day’s training, the 33-year-old established himself as a regular.

Such was his eye-catching impact, earlier this week he was awarded a new 12-month deal.

The switch completes something of a recent nomadic time for the former England left-back who spent seven-and-a-half years in his first spell at Reading.

But Shorey feels settled again and the return of that familiar feeling prompted him to have no hesitation in pledging his future to Fratton Park.

He said: ‘There are always rumours in football but I was happy to stay at Pompey from the outset and I am glad it’s all done now.

‘When I arrived here I wanted to come and play as many games as I could.

‘I haven’t played as much as I would have liked over the last couple of seasons.

‘Over the last few years it has been a bit up and down, moving here and there, so it’s nice to get settled somewhere.

‘I felt settled straight away at Portsmouth and you don’t get that everywhere you go.

‘When you feel like that, then you stay where you are.

‘I was at West Brom and went to Reading and started the season well, playing regularly.

‘Then, for whatever reason, the manager decided to change it and since then it has been up and down.

‘It’s down to many factors, such as you are getting older and in this business a lot of players are free agents and looking for work. It’s very competitive out there.

‘You can never guarantee anything. The manager will give you the opportunity and it is up to you to go out and perform to stay in the side.

‘I love playing, I love training, I always have and I always will. I will keep on going.

‘I have signed a straight one-year contract but who knows, that could be extended at the end of that.

‘I am just glad to have found somewhere I am now happy.’

Shorey played 21 of the Blues’ final 22 matches last season, remaining a regular under both Barker and Andy Awford.

Initially he was employed in the centre of midfield by Barker, a decision which prompted much criticism from Pompey fans.

But he eventually replaced Marcos Painter at left-back, a position he retained for the remainder of the campaign.

With his composed displays and good use of the ball when in possession, the former Reading man has made a favourable impression with the Fratton faithful.

Off the pitch, his attitude and application to training has received praise from managers and team-mates alike, unsurprisingly prompting moves to keep him at the club.

There had been talk of Swindon showing interest in a player out of contract following the conclusion of his short-term deal with Pompey.

But he elected to stay at Fratton Park and is now relishing the return to pre-season training on Thursday, June 26.

He added: ‘I’ve signed my new deal so I’m going to go away for a little holiday before coming back in.

‘Having said that, I cannot wait to get in with the lads and have a go at next season under the gaffer.

‘To be honest, pre-season is not my forte. I have done too many for my liking! Far too many to remember.

‘You are nervous when you come in again and have to go through all that running and hard work but it’s just nice to be back in training.

‘We’ve got the nucleus of a decent squad here and no doubt there will be some new faces.

‘So I’m looking forward to it starting all over again.’