Portsmouth pre-season diary: Ellis Harrison's misjudged song and where is Nathan Thompson?

Ellis Harrison dreamt up what he believed to be the perfect show-stopper for his initiation song.

By Mark McMahon
Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 10:00 am

Unfortunately, he was sent Home with his tail between his legs, as the attempt at initiating an instant impact fell distinctly flat.

On Sunday evening, the five new faces on Pompey’s six-day tour to Dublin – plus youngster Joe Hancott – were instructed to sing in front of their team-mates.

It’s a ritual which has become commonplace in football, stretching through eras and rolled out in clubs of the football variant across the length of the country.

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Harrison, the summer recruit from Ipswich and an amiable addition to the Pompey camp, opted for a rendition of John Denver’s 1971 song ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’.

A popular tune among Manchester United and at beer festivals, he thought he was onto a sure-fire winner among his team-mates.

Not so, it seemed.

He said: ‘I thought it would get people involved, but I was on my own when I sang it! I was left out to dry.

Ellis Harrison has been seeking his Country Roads to travel home along during Pompey's pre-season camp in Dublin. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘That’s a song that gets everyone dancing and singing, but on this occasion didn’t. It backfired right into my face.’

Meanwhile, it remains the unanswered question of the summer – just where is Nathan Thompson?

The combative right-back has set the bar high at Fratton Park for pretenders James Bolton and Anton Walkes to reach.

His desire to test himself at Championship level prompted the rejection of a new Pompey contract and cutting ties with his home of two years.

A step into the unknown it seems – for even his former team-mates remain in the dark over his current whereabouts.

Despite remaining in the players’ WhatsApp group, nobody is any the wiser over Thompson’s footballing destination.

It seems Kenny Jackett’s squad – as well as the supporters – are confused over the 28-year-old’s next move.

Presumably he had somewhere lined-up to prompt turning down the opportunity to remain at Fratton Park. Presumably.

So where is he? We are all watching with much interest.