On This Day: Portsmouth recruit Norwegian international

Bjorn Helge Riise in rare match action for Pompey after joining on loan in September 2011
Bjorn Helge Riise in rare match action for Pompey after joining on loan in September 2011
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On this day in 2011, Pompey unveiled new loan signing Bjorn Helge Riise.

Back in September 2011, Steve Cotterill announced the recruitment of the Norwegian midfielder from Fulham – immediately putting him in the frame to face Peterborough.

The 28-year-old had previously caught the eye during a loan spell at Sheffield United, prompting the Blues to swoop.

Riise, however, would ultimately make just two appearances during a completely forgettable Fratton Park two months.

At the time, though, boss Cotterill had high hopes for his loan arrival.

Pompey’s manager said: ‘He’s a good footballer,a bundle of energy and has played for his country 30-plus times.

‘He’s fit, strong and a bright footballer. He gives us good flexibility.

‘We kept our eye on him last year when we did well at Sheffield United.

‘His versatility will help us. He’s equally comfortable on the right or in the middle. He could probably play on the left, too.

‘He has trained with the players. He’s been as good as any we’ve had on their first day in training

‘He’ll come in and be fine for us. He’s a good team player. The fans will like him. He’ll need a game or two to settle in but the fans will like him, for sure.’

Now aged 35, Riise currently plays for Norwegian side Sogndal.