Caolan Lavery: Paul Cook factor brought me to Pompey

Caolan Lavery. Picture: Colin Farmery
Caolan Lavery. Picture: Colin Farmery
  • Lavery previously played eight times under Paul Cook in a loan spell at Chesterfield
  • Has six goals in 39 matches for Sheffield Wednesday

Pompey new boy Caolan Lavery has revealed how the Paul Cook factor tempted him to leave the Championship.

The 22-year-old this week departed Sheffield Wednesday on loan in the search of regular first-team football.

I also know Gary Roberts from Chesterfield, Brian Murphy from a long time ago at Ipswich, Boco from a loan spell at Plymouth and Kyle Bennett from being in and around Sheffield. That is another reason to come down here.

Caolan Lavery

Despite the lure of several League One clubs, the striker opted to be reunited with Cook in the bottom division of the Football League.

Lavery enjoyed a successful spell under Cook at Chesterfield last season, netting three times in eight matches.

And when the Northern Ireland under-21 international discovered there was the opportunity to be reunited, Fratton Park became his destination.

Lavery said: ‘I know Paul Cook from a previous loan spell.

‘I had a few offers from other clubs in higher divisions but they sold me here, it’s a big club and I decided to come.

‘I enjoy playing for him, he is a very fair manager, he will be good to you when he needs to be good to you and will tell you when you are not doing what he wants you to do.

‘As a player you just want a manager to be honest with you and Paul Cook is definitely an honest manager.

‘He seems to get the best out of his players with good man-management skills.

‘It’s always good as a player when you know what you are going into because it can be tough to go into a team without knowing anyone, the set-up or how the manager works.

‘Knowing the gaffer I am well aware of exactly what I am going to get from him.

‘I also know Gary Roberts from Chesterfield, Brian Murphy from a long time ago at Ipswich, Boco from a loan spell at Plymouth and Kyle Bennett from being in and around Sheffield.

‘That is another reason to come down here.

‘I didn’t get a chance to speak to them before making the decision, I didn’t need to, I know what I am going to get out of the gaffer and what training is going to be like.

‘I didn’t need anyone else to back up what I already knew.’

Lavery remains short of match fitness after only two Owls appearances this season.

Yet he featured for 29 minutes in Pompey reserves’ behind-closed-doors victory over Cardiff City on Tuesday afternoon.

And the striker is confident he can make a difference at Fratton Park.

He added: ‘I have always liked to work hard for the team. I like to lead by example.

‘If the players see you working that hard then they follow suit and that is something I have always done and will continue to do.

‘I will make bad balls into good ones and press everyone I can.

‘I can play up front on my own or in a two or in a three, so am quite versatile.

‘I’m quite good in the air for my size, have a good spring in myself, I would also like to consider myself quite quick.

‘I’m about scoring, running in behind and battling for the ball.’