Agyemang leads from front as Whittingham revolution gathers pace

Patrick Agyemang had made his mind up about sealing a permanent move to Pompey after only a couple of games into his loan spell Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang had made his mind up about sealing a permanent move to Pompey after only a couple of games into his loan spell Picture: Joe Pepler
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Patrick Agyemang has chiselled out a career leading the line.

Unsurprisingly he has also been at the front of Guy Whittingham’s Pompey revolution.

The 32-year-old was the very first to commit his Fratton Park future, penning a two-year deal with breathless enthusiasm.

Within five days of the curtain coming down against Shrewsbury, the Blues had their first summer recruit signed.

Since then 10 players have followed suit, seven of them new faces as the rebuilding plans of Pompey’s boss continue at full pace.

David Connolly will today become the next to sign a permanent contract as the squad expands.

For Agyemang it was a straight-forward decision, hence the swiftness of completion.

He established himself as a big Fratton favourite during a 15-game loan spell from Stevenage which produced three goals.

And with his contract up this summer, he had long decided where his destination would be.

He said: ‘I was happy to get it done as soon as possible after the season.

‘Pompey wanted to get me done straight away and with the feeling I get at the club and the way things have gone for me there I thought everything about it was right.

‘My mind really was made up before that so why wait?

‘There were a few other teams talking but because of my experience with Pompey I wanted to sign with them.

‘They had been talking to me during the season.

‘After my first month and second month it was already in the pipeline.

‘It was not that hard a decision for me really.

‘With the team spirit and the fans’ reaction to the players and me I just felt I couldn’t have gone somewhere else and started all over again.

‘I already had a good relationship with these people. The fans have been brilliant with me.

‘When I came here originally I just wanted to do well for the team and fans, they deserve a lot more really.

‘Now it’s good to be somewhere where you are loved.’

In contrast to Agyemang’s encouraging Pompey days, he struggled to win such support at League One Stevenage.

He started just six matches before his February arrival at Fratton Park, failing to score in the process.

This summer he was, as expected, released by Boro, yet buoyed by his eye-catching Pompey spell there remained interest elsewhere.

The 32-year-old’s agent was certainly keen for him to examine all options before making the final choice over the next path to follow.

Agyemang, though, was not listening and it was Pompey all the way.

He added: ‘My agent knows I have been at Pompey and done well there.

‘But if somewhere else they wanted to sign me at my age and on a two-year deal he would want me to look at that as well.

‘That’s their job as agents, to get as many options as possible for me to look at. It’s what happens.

‘There was talking going on with other clubs but I wasn’t interested.

‘I don’t know if it is true to say I went against my agent to stay here, I’m not sure that is quite right.

‘It does not matter anyway because I have signed here and I’m really happy that I have.’