Triallist vows to sign for Pompey

Mustapha Dumbuya has impressed during his Pompey trial
Mustapha Dumbuya has impressed during his Pompey trial
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Mustapha Dumbuya brushed off the continuing uncertainty over Pompey’s future and pledged to honour his word and sign for the club.

The former Doncaster right-back has made a big impression since arriving on trial at the start of the month.

His pace, willingness to attack and energy levels made him the stand-out player from both friendlies during Pompey’s tour to Spain and Gibraltar.

Blues boss Michael Appleton has made no secret of his intention to offer Dumbuya a permanent deal.

That will hinge on Pompey getting rid of their high wage-earners by August 10 to avoid liquidation – and then receiving the green light to sign players by the Football League.

So far this week, Dumbuya’s fellow-triallist and former Keepmoat Stadium team-mate Simon Gillett has cut short his Fratton stay to train with Nottingham Forest.

Others could follow, including Brian Howard, who had initially given a deadline of tomorrow for a move to be completed by.

But Dumbuya fully intends to bide his time and join the Blues.

He said: ‘I will sign here. I have given the manager my word and he has given me his word.

‘The gaffer has always been up front with me. I had a few chats with him before I came here and he reassured me of what is going on and has given me positive feedback.

‘When I first came it wasn’t as bad as it is now, I know that, but at the end of the day Portsmouth is a massive club.

‘The manager attracted me with the way he spoke about the club and I liked his ambitions. Hopefully things will get sorted out and it can move on.

‘It was always going to be a waiting game, he told me that from the start. Patience pays dividends at the end of the day.

‘I know exactly what is going on. I kind of pray that everything will sort itself out.

‘What else can you do? You cannot really panic, it is not under your control at the end of the day.

‘I have found it really good. Training has been really intense and that is how I like it – energetic.

‘Everything I am doing is in the tank now and I am feeling positive about this season. It’s something I am really looking forward to.’

Dumbuya made 38 appearances for Doncaster after joining them in the summer of 2009 from Grays Athletic.

Yet he fell out of favour under new boss Dean Saunders and made just six appearances since October.

Regardless, the 24-year-old claims Saunders told him he would be offered a new deal when his old one expired this summer.

That never materialised and now Dumbuya is focusing on a move to Fratton Park.

He added: ‘My time there (Doncaster) went really well and I was part of a successful team, but the new manager who came in had a different style of play and I didn’t fit into that.

‘Before the end of the season he promised me a new deal and over the summer I thought I was going to get a call from him – but I didn’t get anything.

‘It’s great to be wanted by Portsmouth, though.’