Darryl Flahavan has offered to answer Pompey’s goalkeeping SOS, following injuries to all three of the Blues’ contracted stoppers.
Here are seven facts about the 36-year-old free agent, who has been training with Paul Cook’s side since the summer, after spending the past four years at AFC Bournemouth.
1. In August 2010, Pompey signed Flahavan on an initial one-month deal. He later extended his contract until the end of the season. Joining the club as back-up to Jamie Ashdown, though, Flahavan did not play a single first-team game in the entire 2010-11 campagn – leaving the Blues that summer to join Bournemouth.
2. Flahavan’s older brother Aaron was also a goalkeeper, who played for Pompey more than 100 times. Aaron was killed in a car crash in 2001 while the Blues’ first-choice keeper – Darryl has a son named Aaron in his brother’s memory.
3. Flahavan is best known in professional football for a successful spell at Southend United, which saw the stopper earn League One’s player-of-the-season award for the Shrimpers’ title-winning 2005-06 campaign.
That campaign also saw Flahavan excel in a shock 1-0 League Cup win over Manchester United, with the keeper denying both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo in an inspired display that made national headlines.
4. In 2007, Flahavan was named in the top 50 players outside of the Premier League, according to popular football magazine Four Four Two.
5. Flahavan joined Crystal Palace from Southend in 2008 but played just twice for the Eagles - losing out to their current stopper Julian Speroni in their battle for a starting spot at Selhurst Park.
6. In a 19-year professional career, Flahavan has also played for Woking and Oldham but failed to make any appearances for first club Southampton or Leeds United, who he enjoyed a loan spell at in 2009.
7. Flahavan is relatively short for a goalkeeper, measuring in at 5’11’.