Thorne: My sharpness will return

120578-004_BARNSLEY_POMPEY_SR_18/2/12'Action from Pompey vs Barnsley at Oakwell.'George Thorne goes in with Jim O'Brien.''Picture:Steve Reid (120578-004)
120578-004_BARNSLEY_POMPEY_SR_18/2/12'Action from Pompey vs Barnsley at Oakwell.'George Thorne goes in with Jim O'Brien.''Picture:Steve Reid (120578-004)
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George Thorne insists Pompey will see the best of him as he rediscovers his match sharpness.

The West Brom midfielder rejoined the Blues on a 28-day loan ahead of last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Barnsley but admitted he felt sluggish in his first game back.

It was not a huge surprise that he was a bit rusty after a spell of inactivity following his recall from Fratton Park before Christmas to cover an injury crisis at The Hawthorns.

But now Thorne has returned, he is keen to play a key role for the rest of the campaign.

Thorne said: ‘My fitness is lacking a little bit. My last competitive game was about three weeks ago before the Barnsley game.

‘It takes any player one or two games to get their match sharpness again but I’m looking forward to hopefully staying for the rest of the season.

‘With the Football League, you have to take it 28 days at a time and it will be reviewed after that time.’

Thorne returned to West Brom straight after the south coast derby clash with Southampton ended in a 1-1 draw.

And he admitted that it was tough to leave after such an intense experience.

He explained: ‘It was tough to go back then. It was a topsy-turvy situation.

‘I was just getting into my stride for Pompey.

‘We had a string of good results and I was feeling confident.

‘We had a great few results just before, one of them being Southampton, in a local derby.

‘To get the call to go back was sort of from a positive to negative.

‘But that’s part and parcel of football and you just have to get on with it.

‘As a young lad, I didn’t know if I was going back to play or just to be cover.

‘But that’s football. I’m a West Bromwich Albion player, you’ve always got to be ready for that.

‘Fortunately, we had a few players back fit, so I was able to come out to join Portsmouth again.’