Blues may take the Mickey

Mickey Spillane in action for Dagenham & Redbridge last season
Mickey Spillane in action for Dagenham & Redbridge last season
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Former Norwich midfielder Mickey Spillane has joined Pompey on trial.

The 24-year-old yesterday linked up with the Blues for pre-season training at their Five Lakes Hotel base in Colchester.

Guy Whittingham will continue running the rule over him today before the squad return home.

Spillane is currently a free agent after playing for both Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend in League Two last season.

He made nine appearances at Roots Hall in the second half of the campaign, yet didn’t feature after Phil Brown took over as manager in March.

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international became Norwich’s youngest-ever player in the FA Cup when he was granted his debut in 2006.

Spillane, who can also play in defence, later became part of the Canaries’ 2009-10 League One-winning side under Paul Lambert.

After leaving in the summer of 2010, he had permanent spells at Brentford (32 games) and Dagenham & Redbridge (60 games).

Spillane started last term with the Daggers, making 27 appearances, all of them starts, before being released in January. Now he is searching for a new club and Pompey invited him for two days in Colchester as their tour draws to a close.

However, it is understood he is not the long-term central-midfield target Whittingham wants to bolster his playing resources.

Nonetheless, the Blues will monitor Spillane before heading back to the south coast ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Charlton.

Whittingham has also received a fitness boost after Sonny Bradley returned to training yesterday.

The central defender missed the goalless draw at Braintree on Tuesday night with a hip flexor injury.