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Basinas: I'll show you I'm no Pompey flop

Forgotten man Angelos Basinas today vowed: I'll prove I'm no Pompey flop.

The Greek skipper is desperate to show his worth after a frustrating time following his January arrival.

And his agent, Paul Koutsol-iakos, has revealed the veteran midfielder is remaining on the south coast and targetting pre-season to get his career back on track.

Basinas failed to appear in any of the Blues' last 12 matches as survival was achieved, serving as an unused substitute in 10 of them.

Meanwhile, compatriot Theofa-nis Gekas was granted just 60 seconds to impress and was shipped out of the club before his loan spell was scheduled to end.

Now Basinas – who has 12 months still to run on his Blues deal – is back in pre-season training along with his other team-mates.

And with Pompey's friendly programme kicking off against the Hawks next Tuesday, he is eager to impress.

Koutsoliakos said: 'Angelos is really looking forward to this season, he really wants to play a key part.

'And he will work extremely hard to get back into the team, you can be sure of that.

'Last year was hard for him. He is used to being a key player in his teams and it's the first time in his career he has been left out of sides.

'For him it was a little bit strange, but I suppose in football that happens, that's the decision of the manager.

'I always wondered why that was though, in his first three games he played fantastic.

'This is also someone who has played 100 times for the Greek national team. But Angelos won't complain. He's a professional and works hard in training every day and will try to convince the coach he deserves the chance.

'Every manager can be glad to have a player like him in the squad with a lot of experience and a very steady player.

'He signed a contract in the winter and more than anything wants to succeed. He wants to stay at Portsmouth – I think he deserves the chance.

'Maybe next season it will change for Angelos.'

Meanwhile, Gekas is banging in the goals since ending his Blues loan spell.

Now back with Bayer Leverkusen, he has bagged seven in just four friendly games as he revels in regular first-team football.

Koutsoliakos said: 'Fanis is a typical scorer and is already among the goals.

'He was unlucky at Portsmouth. Tony Adams brought him in and the new coach didn't fancy him, so he never played.

'Angelos has been in the same situation – but he is determined to show what he can do.'

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