Bean there, done that says new sign­ing

THE CHAIRBOYS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

MAR­CUS Bean is hop­ing to get a good re­cep­tion from the trav­el­ling fans when Portsmouth visit Adams Park this week­end, writes Tim Street.

The for­mer QPR and Brent­ford mid­fielder spent two months on loan at Pom­pey be­tween Novem­ber and this month, but no sooner was it up than Wy­combe nipped in with an 18-month con­tract.

Bean be­lieves his whole-hearted per­for­mances on the south coast will mean there are no hard feel­ings and he does not ex­pect to be tar­geted by any boo-boys in the away end on Satur­day.

He said: “I’m not too sure what their fans will say, but I like to think I left on good terms. I gave my all for Portsmouth with some good per­for­mances and I wish them all the best – apart from on Satur­day.

“I left be­cause they wanted to ex­tend my loan, but I wanted some­thing more per­ma­nent, and that’s what Wy­combe of­fered me. It may have been a no-brainer for me, but it was still a dif­fi­cult decision as I en­joyed my time there.

“We will have to be wary as their league po­si­tion doesn’t tell the full story. Jed (Wal­lace) is scor­ing all the goals at the mo­ment, but they have good play­ers and a lot of qual­ity. But if we stick to our task and do what we do best, we should be okay.”

Bean, who helped Wy­combe stay top of League Two by grind­ing out a goal­less draw at Mans­field on Satur­day, al­ready has three pro­mo­tions on his CV, and reck­ons his new club have ev­ery­thing in place for him to make it four.

He added: “We have a lot of the in­gre­di­ents here al­ready, that my other pro­mo­tion-win­ning sides have had, and hope­fully my ex­pe­ri­ence can help us over the line. It’s all about the will­ing­ness of the younger lads to learn, and I al­ways try to be an ear for them to talk to. I’ve only been here a short time, but I’ve seen some good things.”

BEAN COUNTER: Mar­cus Bean, left, in his Brent­ford days Clive Tagg

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