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Burnley X-Files: Little Hope for Pompey

FA Cup Winners, Portsmouth have signed winger Glen Little on a one-year deal from Reading.

Little has continued to suffer from injuries and made just two appearances as a substitute last season for the Royals.

A troublesome Achilles injury keeping him out of Steve Coppell's side in a bad season for the Royals that saw them relegated back to the Championship.

Steve Coppell wanted to retain his services at the Madejski Stadium but Little rejected the club's offer of a new contract.

So Little, injury permitting will now hope to play in the Premier League again next season with today's news that he has agreed terms with Portsmouth. At 32 however, his appearances could be limited in the Top Flight but then again he might now be able to attain his dream of playing in Europe

'We offered Glen a new contract, but it appears that the lure of the Premier League and European football proved too strong.' said Reading director of football Nick Hammond on the Reading's official website

Good luck,Glen, many Clarets fans would have liked to see you return to Turf Moor! After eight years at Burnley, Little left on a Bosman transfer to sign for Reading in the summer of 2004 following a loan spell the year before

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 20 2008

Time: 2:59PM

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Oh well ce'est la vie,could have done a job for us,injury permitting!
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20/06/2008 15:02:00

Ooh er a loan possibility? ;-)
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20/06/2008 15:14:00

He still might end back with you. We are a bit gobsmacked by the signing but, in Harry we trust.
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20/06/2008 15:14:00

i was very surprised by his signing - still am, but think he will prove a better signing than many might suspect...
i reckon he will end up with you again though as i do not think he will be with us anymore than a year however.
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20/06/2008 15:27:00

I hope this doesn't mean SWP is now out of the question....right winger and all that. Obviously heard of Little, but I have no recollection of how good he is. Still, it's unusual for 'Arry to sign a dud....let's give him plenty of chance to impress and judge him on what he does on the pitch!
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20/06/2008 17:37:00

Well quite a few years back now, Man City came in for him for like millions pre-digital. Kilby didn't bite and admits today he regrets that decision as it might have saved the hardship to follow post-digital from which we still suffer to this day! Super Glen we called him,give the lad a chance as you say!
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20/06/2008 19:09:00

The only problem with Little is fitness seems a bit more injury prone thesedays but on his day he's class.
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21/06/2008 00:22:00

I think he would have been better off playing in the Championship. He suffers many injuries and isn't getting any younger!
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21/06/2008 07:46:00

Little:"I thought I'd stay here for the rest of my career and I was looking forward to helping Reading get back into the Premier League." "Everything was done and dusted and I was looking forward to signing [a new contract], then suddenly you get the last minute phone call saying that Harry Redknapp wants to see you." "I would have signed for Reading but the chance came to play in the Premier League again with a top club and you've got to give it a go."
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23/06/2008 15:16:00


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