Sodje keen to help team become a force

Sam Sodje beats Dave Kitson in the air. Picture: Barry Zee
Sam Sodje beats Dave Kitson in the air. Picture: Barry Zee
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Sam Sodje celebrated Pompey’s points booster and promised: This is a new start.

Sodje feels the Blues knowing they will start next season on an even playing field with their League Two rivals is a huge boost for the club.

The Football League confirmed on Saturday Pompey will be deducted 10 points this season after exiting administration.

That is in keeping with the statements they have previously made, although there was a fear the points would come off in the new campaign.

Sodje believes his team can be a force in League Two.

He feels average gates that are likely to be way above their rivals will be a key factor in that.

Sodje said: ‘This can be the start.

‘Hopefully this team can stay together and we can win promotion next season.

‘We have been playing well and I’m happy about that.

‘To not have the points off next season is a big thing. We’re delighted about it.

‘It’s a new start and I’m sure the fans can now get us ready for next season.

‘As a player, to know we would have been 10 points down would have been a ridiculous situation.

‘It would have made things hard.

‘But now, with this team, I’m confident we can do something.

‘If you see the amount of supporters here, that tells me we can be a big team and be able to put a team together.’

Sodje knows a busy summer lies ahead for the club off the pitch with new boss Guy Whittingham facing a rebuilding job.

The defender was pleased to give fans a day to remember on Saturday against Sheffield United.

Now he is keen to see if he can stay with the Blues.

Sodje said: ‘We did our job and it was a great day.

‘That’s how I like to play. People who know me will know that.

‘My body is getting stronger and I’m getting a chance to play.

‘That showed at the end.

‘It was incredible after the game. It’s a great experience to play in front of those fans.

‘I’m taking it game by game but this is a great club. I hope everything is right and I can stay at Portsmouth.

‘I’ve been here a few months and have loved it but we will see what happens.

‘Portsmouth is a club I would love to stay at.’

– JORDAN CROSS