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Former Northern Ireland Under 21 international joins Portsmouth on loan

Cameron McGeehan has found himself out of favour since Barnsley appointed their new boss.
Cameron McGeehan has found himself out of favour since Barnsley appointed their new boss.

By Josh Bunting

Cameron McGeehan has signed for Portsmouth on loan from Sky Bet Championship club Barnsley.

Former Northern Ireland Under 21 international McGeehan made it into the League One Team of the Season as he helped Barnsley to promotion last term, making 44 appearances and scoring six goals.

Midfielder McGeehan signed a new two-year deal with the club during the summer but found himself suddenly out of the loop under new boss Gerhard Struber, playing only 28 minutes in the 11 games since the Austrian's arrival.

He joins a Pompey side who are 10th in League One but only six points off an automatic promotion place in a tightly-packed table.

“I wouldn’t be coming here if I didn’t think we could get promoted and it’s still really tight at the top of the table," he told the club website.

“I’m sure everyone would like us to be a bit higher up, but we’re in a good position to go on a run in the second half of the season.

“I was part of a Barnsley side that did exactly that to win promotion last year and hope that will be replicated here.

"Pompey have been a bit of a sleeping giant for a number of years now and need to get up to at least the Championship – I’m here to help them do that.

“I like to get in the box and score goals, but I’ve got more about me than that and like to do a bit of everything. I'll certainly give all I’ve got in every game and look to cover every blade of grass – that’s what I’m all about.”

It is believed that Pompey saw off several clubs in their pursuit to get their man. It had been reported that Stoke City, under the guidance of Michael O'Neill, had been interested in securing his services.

McGeehan will wear the number 24 shirt at Fratton Park and could be set to make his debut as Pompey host AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The 24-year-old has played for Northern Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 levels. He had earned a senior call up for the tour of Central America in 2018 but had to pull out of the Panama and Costa Rica matches due to injury.

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