Pompey have restored my football passion

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

DANNY HOLLANDS paid tribute to Pompey for restoring his ‘buzz’ for football.

Hollands believes the Blues have given his passion for the game back after a period in the wilderness at Charlton.

The midfielder admitted his resolve was tested after being left in the cold at The Valley.

Hollands last week became Andy Awford’s first signing as Pompey boss, as he inked an initial two-year deal.

It brought to an end a difficult period after moving to the Addicks from Bournemouth in 2011.

The 28-year-old fell out of favour in south east London, making just one start in the last 18 months and being farmed out on loan to Gillingham and Swindon.

That period proved a dark one for Hollands, until he arrived at Fratton Park in March.

He bagged a brilliant five goals in seven starts at Pompey as he played a central role in the club’s run to safety.

And that has helped him find his spark once again.

Hollands said: ‘You go through good and bad times.

‘The last 18 months before I came here weren’t such a good time for me.

‘For whatever reason it didn’t work out and I wasn’t given a chance. That’s that.

‘I came here for seven games and I got my buzz back and started enjoying my football again.

‘I had lost it. There were times when I was going to my wife and my children and they were the only thing keeping me going.

‘Football can be difficult. One minute you can be up and the next you are down.

‘I believe we have the best job in the world, but it can be a rollercoaster.

‘If you don’t enjoy what you do day-in, day-out there really is no point in doing it.

‘It was tough. But I got my buzz back and that was the major factor in coming here.

‘I have to thank the club for that.’

Hollands believes he will be giving Pompey the best years of his career after arriving.

And he feels he will be able to marry that with stability off the field to allow him to deliver his best form.

Hollands said: ‘Everyone says this is the time when I’m hitting my peak.

‘I still feel the same as when I was 21.

‘Off the pitch and on it felt right being here.

‘I’ve got triplets, three little girls, who are two -and-a-half. They are a bit of a handful.

‘They love watching daddy play football.

‘It’s good that we are local and I’m back home in 20 minutes each day.

‘Having triplets is a tough thing. I take my hat off to my wife. I don’t know how she does it.

‘I get a release going to work but she is there day-in, day-out doing it.

‘Hopefully each piece of the puzzle will fit. Time will tell.

‘I’ll do my best and hopefully it will work out.’