The list of former Pompey players to join Leeds United continues to grow as former Blues defender Martin Cranie has joined the Yorkshire club on trial.
Cranie will join Jason Pearce, Jamie Ashdown, David Norris, Luke Varney and Michael Brown at Elland Road as Neil Warnock puts together his squad for the new Championship season.
The 25-year-old made just five appearances in all competitions (two in the league) for the Pompey first team, before being loaned out to Charlton and QPR. Pompey signed the defender from our South-Coast rivals on a free transfer back in 2007 before moving on to Coventry for an undisclosed fee when administration loomed.
Cranie will join the Leeds squad this week for their pre-season tour of Norway, whilst Norris will make his Leeds debut during the tour – Varney scoring in his debut last week.
We can only thank Leeds for helping Pompey by signing Pearce, Norris and Varney directly from the club, whilst Ashdown joined on a free transfer, the moves assisting Pompey’s bid to come out of administration as they look to fight the battle against liquidation.
There were also rumours at the start of the season that Pompey were keen on signing striker Billy Paynter, and with Leeds keen to re-sign Jermaine Beckford, the move could edge closer, but it appears Blackpool have jumped ahead of the queue and offered Paynter a one-week trial at Bloomfield Road.
Play Up Pompey!