Steve Seddon's thanks to Portsmouth for ending Birmingham frustration and helping him rediscover football buzz

Steve Seddon thanked Pompey for ending his Birmingham frustration and allowing him to rediscover his spark.

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 5:30 am
Updated Saturday, 25th January 2020, 4:31 pm

The new loan signing has told of the dark time he endured at his parent club this season after being cast into the cold by Pep Clotet.

But Seddon has spoken of how he feels rejuvenated at Fratton Park and has found the buzz he was missing before arriving in January.

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That welcome has been appreciated by the Reading man, who was out of the picture at St Andrews under Clotet.

Seddon made five appearances early in the season but hasn’t featured for the midlands side since August.

After impressive loan spells at Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon last season, that led to him focussing on the prospect of getting out on a temporary basis again.

Seddon told how he had to show professionalism to keep his eye on that opportunity when he wasn’t playing, but that proved a tough challenge at times.

Steve Seddon. Photo by Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

Now, though, the exciting prospect is getting the rewards for being prepared for the chance Kenny Jackett presented to him.

And rewarding the faith of his loan side and manager is now Seddon’s motivation.

He said: ‘I’m contracted to Birmingham but it doesn’t mean that’s what I’m focussed on.

‘I’m definitely here for Portsmouth. I’m not here to impress Birmingham. That’s not my way of thinking because I want to be here and play for Portsmouth.

Steve Seddon. Photo by Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

‘I’m here to hopefully do well and enjoy playing games again.

‘It was really frustrating and it took a bit of time to get my head around not doing that. I wasn’t going to be involved in squads and things like that.

‘So I felt like, right, I have to prepare myself for January, get myself out on loan and do my best then.

‘You miss the highs of a Saturday. In fact, you miss the lows, too. You miss those feelings. Your weeks are on a level and you miss that buzz.

‘I’m really pleased to get that buzz back and I’m loving having the buzz and being around matchday.

‘I’ve been missing that buzz and it’s something I’ve been thirsting for.’

Seddon’s time at Pompey to date has been a world away from the challenges he’s endured over the first half of the season.

If was Seddon’s corner which was forced home by John Marquis after Christian Burgess’ header at Fleetwood, while he provided the ball in for Burgess to score from his free-kick at Bolton when it was met by Sean Raggett.

In between those goals, a delicious delivery at Walsall in the EFL Trophy offered the assist for Ellis Harrison to head home.

Seddon is now firmly settled in his new surroundings and want to keep the games coming, with the challenge coming from Brandon Haunstrup and Lee Brown nearing a return from injury.

He added: ‘It couldn’t have gone much better, which I’m obviously happy about.

‘The gaffer has put trust in me to play me, so hopefully we can continue winning.

‘There’s great guys like Lee I’m competing with, but I just want to play football.’