The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

AARON McCarey has an­swered an SOS call from keeper-shy Portsmouth – and the Wolves stop­per re­vealed for­mer Pom­pey favourite Jed Wal­lace helped him make his mind up.

Paul Jones is the latest goal­keeper to suc­cumb to in­jury at Portsmouth, join­ing Brian Mur­phy and Michael Poke in the treat­ment room.

There­fore they’ve had no op­tion but to ac­ti­vate a onemonth emer­gency loan – and in McCarey they have found a keeper with pedi­gree.

The 23-year-old is a for­mer Re­pub­lic of Ire­land Un21 in­ter­na­tional and has played seven times for Wolves, the club that Wal­lace joined over the sum­mer.

And McCarey ad­mits Wal­lace – who hit 17 goals for Pom­pey last sea­son – played a key role in his de­ci­sion.

He said:“I got a phone call on Tues­day evening about the pos­si­bil­ity of some­thing ma­te­ri­al­is­ing at Pom­pey.

“As soon as I knew the club were in­ter­ested in me, then I wanted to make sure it hap­pened straight away.

“I’ve been well-in­formed by Jed, but I al­ready knew a lot about them and it’s good to see the re­build­ing job that’s go­ing on.

“Jed lives near me in Wolver­hamp­ton, so we’ve spent a bit of time to­gether and I know he had a cou­ple of suc­cess­ful years here.

“He said that this was a great club with fan­tas­tic sup­port­ers and that I’d en­joy my time here.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for me. I’m hop­ing to help Pom­pey, and vice versa, so it should work out well for ev­ery­one.”

McCarey is hop­ing to im­press in a brief cameo down on the south coast af­ter a frus­trat­ing spell at Mo­lineux – he’s not played for Wolves since last Au­gust.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for me,” added McCarey.“I know a few of the lads al­ready, but I’ve still got to learn a few of the names.

“It won’t take long and the im­por­tant thing is that I make sure to build those re­la­tion­ships quickly.”

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