Nyron has completed five-year Pompey journey

Nyron Nosworthy made his Blues debut at AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nyron Nosworthy made his Blues debut at AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Two separate 2009-10 Pompey moves for Nosworthy fell through
  • Defender went on to play for Sheffield United, Watford, Bristol City and Blackpool

Call it fate, label it destiny, but Nyron Nosworthy is finally a Pompey player.

Now the veteran defender is focusing on keeping it that way as Andy Awford’s side head into the final games of the current campaign.

Now five years later I have come here, it’s swings and roundabouts

Nyron Nosworthy

It was back in August 2009 when the Blues tabled a bid for the then-Sunderland player within days of Sulaiman Al Fahim’s takeover.

A fee couldn’t be agreed – but they were back in for Nosworthy in a potential loan deal in January 2010.

On that occasion, the ex-Gillingham man elected to join Sheffield United for the remainder of the season on account of their stability in comparison.

It was a decision made within days of a registration embargo being lifted and Balram Chainrai becoming owner.

Now more than five years later, he has finally arrived at Fratton Park in a loan deal for the remainder of the current campaign.

The 34-year-old has already made two appearances for Andy Awford’s men since, slotting into the centre of defence, while Jack Whatmough and Paul Robinson have been ruled out injured.

At last the south coast is his footballing home.

He said: ‘There were a few times in Pompey’s last year in the Premier League when I could have joined.

‘The first time Sunderland were asking for more money and it got a bit silly, after that it just fizzled out.

‘It didn’t even involve me at that stage, instead agents and the clubs were talking about a possible move but Sunderland wanted a certain amount, then it was going back and forth and went away.

‘It just didn’t amount to what it was meant to.

‘Then later that season I chose Sheffield United because they were a much more stable club.

‘Now five years later I have come here, it’s swings and roundabouts.

‘I was at Blackpool and the manager has gone with something different so I had been put to the side.

‘From there you are trying to keep fit in the gym, running, training, but it’s not the same, you miss out on a game.

‘It’s not the same ethos in a reserve game, you can’t compare it to a Saturday which is a much higher tempo and much more physical.

‘I wanted to play football, it got to the point where if I was not going to play at Blackpool there was no point in hanging around.

‘Pompey made perfect sense and we will see what happens about staying longer.’

Nosworthy started out at Gillingham, making his debut in November 1998 in the bottom division.

He has gone on to play in all four leagues during a career that has taken him to Sunderland, Sheffield United, Watford, Bristol City and Blackpool.

But he has no qualms at being back at this level.

He added: ‘I am back where I started, the grassroots of it all.

‘There is nothing to be snobby about, football is football.

‘In other divisions it’s a challenge in different aspects – physically and mentally – and for me it is about enjoying football.’