Danny Cowley has offered a behind-the-scenes insight into the deal to bring Mahlon Romeo to Portsmouth.
The Pompey manager has revealed that the 25-year-old decided to take a pay cut in order to seal a loan move to Fratton Park. Cowley also thanked Championship outfit Millwall for their part in the deal.
He told Hampshire Live: “All of a sudden, there was a possibility that we could do it but it was still quite a long way away from what Millwall wanted and what we had available.
“We somehow managed to get closer which was really, really good. We have to thank Millwall, I know they have been very good to us with loan players in the past and we are hopeful that he is going to be as successful as some of the previous loan players we have had from there.
“Also to Mahlon [Romeo], who took a significant pay cut to make it happen which shows his desire to want come here and want to play to Portsmouth. I think there is obviously connections between the two clubs.”
Portsmouth fans will surely be delighted by this piece of inside information from Cowley. The fact that Romeo was willing to give up a chunk of his wages to make the move happen suggests that he is highly motivated to play for the League One club.
It shows that he is not coming to Portsmouth to collect a pay packet and not care too much about how he performs on the pitch, or whether he gets on the field at all. He is on the south coast to play games and win points for Pompey, and fans must be buzzing with his eagerness to make the transfer happen.
The 25-year-old gem will now need to show on the pitch that it was the right decision. Upon Romeo’s arrival at Fratton Park, Cowley claimed that fans will enjoy his ‘all-action’ nature on the pitch this season.
The manager told Portsmouth’s official website: “He’s a boy who will bring us a great deal of athleticism and he’s versatile, with the ability to play on either side of the pitch.
“Mahlon is also incredibly dynamic and I think our supporters will love his all-action displays. It’s a brilliant signing for us.”
Romeo is a vastly experienced Championship full-back, having played 35 games or more in the second tier in each of the past three seasons and 27 in the prior campaign. He averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.67 last term and 6.75 the year before that, showing that he has the ability to perform well at Championship level.
Therefore, he could have the potential to make a real impact by dropping down a division to play for Portsmouth, which is another reason why fans will likely be delighted by this news. A player who could be a key asset for the club has taken a pay cut to play at Fratton Park and supporters will hopefully appreciate that gesture.