Darryl Flahavan insists he is ready to solve Pompey’s goalkeeper crisis.
With Brian Murphy, Paul Jones and Michael Poke all ruled out through injury, boss Paul Cook has just rookie keeper Alex Bass on the books ahead of Saturday’s League Two trip to Bristol Rovers.
The 36-year-old Flahavan – the younger brother of former Blues keeper Aaron, who was tragically killed in a car crash in 2001 – has been training with the club since leaving Bournemouth in the summer.
But he revealed that a ruling preventing him from signing for another club after a potential short-term deal could yet scupper his hopes of finally making a debut at the club where he was on the books as a schoolboy.
Flahavan, who played in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Eastleigh yesterday, said: ‘I feel ready to play. I haven’t had the amount of game time as I would like but I have played now for 20 years so hopefully my experience would just kick in.
‘I’ve no idea what will happen here, whether the club will look elsewhere to bring someone in on loan or whether I will get a call.
‘The manager and Scott Bevan (goalkeeping coach) have been great with me and I am really grateful for that.
‘I have got a great affinity with this football club so of course I would be interested.
‘But there is a rule that is a bit of a stumbling block.
‘I got offered a short-term deal from a club last week in League Two to come in and play five games for them.
‘At the time, I felt that was a good opportunity for me to get myself in the shop window.
‘But then I was told that if I signed outside the window on a short-term deal, I couldn’t play for another club before the January transfer window.
‘So it would have cut a lot of my options.
‘It’s not a very welcome rule and I didn’t know about it until a week ago.
‘The ideal scenario for me would be a deal until January or until the end of the season, whether that is at Portsmouth or another club.’
With more than 350 league games behind him at Southend, Oldham and Bournemouth, Flahavan would add vital experience.
But Cook may yet prefer to bring in a keeper on loan for a month to plug the injury gap.
Flahavan was number two to Jamie Ashdown in the 2010-11 season under Steve Cotterill but did not play a single game and would clearly love the opportunity to follow in his late brother’s footsteps.
He said: ‘When I came in, I was told that Jamie would get his chance after sitting behind David James for a long time, which was fine with me.
‘I thought there were certain times where I could have gone in and got a game here and there with the cups.
‘But the manager felt it was good for the goalkeeper to get some momentum.
‘Of course, I’d love to play.
‘The lads have made me feel welcome here but I’m not sure if anything will happen.’