Keeper hopes for Pompey return

Alex Cisak has revealed his disappointment at his Pompey stay being cut short but revealed: I'd be happy to come back.

Monday, 3rd December 2012, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:41 pm

The 23-year-old goalkeeper made a terrific debut for the Blues in the 1-1 draw at Coventry as he produced a series of fine saves.

But the Australia under-20 international was swiftly ordered back to Boundary Park after Oldham’s regular number one, Dean Bouzanis, was sent off for violent conduct in the midweek defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

That meant the Latics invoked their 24-hour recall clause and Pompey were left with just one senior goalkeeper, Simon Eastwood, in their squad.

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While Cisak accepts there was little he could do in the circumstances, the Polish-born talent was happy to admit he wanted to stay at Fratton Park.

Cisak went straight into the Oldham side for their 3-1 home win over Doncaster in the FA Cup on Saturday.

He explained: ‘I spoke to John Keeley (Pompey goalkeeping coach) who said everyone was gutted and they tried to talk Oldham out of recalling me.

‘But it’s football and there wasn’t much I could have done about it. I get told where I have to go.

‘It’s disappointing because I was really looking forward to playing next weekend at Tranmere and then playing at Fratton Park.

‘I don’t know what will happen in the future.

‘But I’d like to come back again at some point in the future – if Oldham let me – because I enjoyed it.

‘It is one of those things because you never really know with football. If I am back in the team at Oldham, it all changes again.

‘I just wanted to play games and do as well as I could in those games and I’m grateful to Portsmouth for giving me the chance.’

Cisak’s future is already uncertain as he confirmed he’s in a contractual dispute with Oldham, which saw him frozen out of the first team in recent times.

But he insisted he knew he would be heading north again after finding out about the dismissal of Bouzanis on Tuesday night.

He said: ‘I found out on Twitter that he (Bouzanis) had been sent off and I knew straight away I would get recalled.

‘I just knew what was going to happen.

‘I got a few phone calls a few minutes after that and that was it really.

‘Oldham put a clause in and I don’t think they would have let me go on loan unless that was in there. But there is also a contractual dispute going on with the club at the moment, which makes things a bit more difficult.

‘I’m a bit disappointed with the way it has been handled by the club.

‘But hopefully it gets resolved.’

With Eastwood set to take over in goal for this weekend’s trip to league leaders Tranmere, Cisak has issued his backing to his former team-mate.

He said: ‘I’m sure Simon will do well when he steps in. He is a good keeper and it was good to work with him and John.

‘It’s a shame to leave because it’s a lot easier when you start training together and you get to know people a bit better.

‘As a keeper, you always need a few games to feel fully sharp.’