Portsmouth have won the battle to sign Cardiff City’s Stuart O’Keefe after bringing him in on loan for the season as confirmed by the club website.

When O’Kefee first signed for Cardiff from Crystal Palace back in 2015, he came with a big reputation and while it was known he wouldn’t be a guy that went straight into the first team, he had the potential to be a key player. However since Neil Warnock became their head coach, he has found himself on the outskirts of the squad and has only been able to get a chance on the pitch when he played in the Bluebirds’ Carabao Cup matches.

This triggered a big chase for his signature on Deadline Day, with reports suggesting that several teams from Sky Bet League One had been trying to sign him in a last-ditch attempt to improve their squads. But many of those teams will be disappointed as Portsmouth are the team that wins that race and will be O’Keefe’s home for the foreseeable future.

His new head coach Kenny Jackett was very pleased to sign O’Keefe, saying: “We’re very pleased to bring Stuart in for the rest of the season.”

“He brings experience and aggression into our midfield and will complement the young ball-playing guys in that area of the pitch.”

Now O’Keefe will be looking to making his debut in the famous blue of Portsmouth. His first chance to impress could be on Saturday in their home match against potential promotion rivals Rotherham United.

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