Portsmouth have captured Burton Albion left back Damien McCrory on loan until January, the club have announced on their website.

The 27-year-old has already featured in three of the Brewers’ opening five Championship matches as well as making 163 league appearances since joining on a free transfer from Dagenham & Redbridge, back when Albion were still a League Two outfit.

The Irishman is the club’s current longest serving player and player a major role as Burton registered back-to-back promotions against the odds to compete in both League One and the Championship for the first time in the club’s history.

He made only 18 appearances last season however as the club guarenteed a third season in England’s second tier, with fellow full backs Tom Flanagan and John Brayford preferred. The latter of the two resigned for the club earlier today on a free transfer from Sheffield United. Injured Steven Warnock provides a third options when he returns from injury meaning that it is likely McCrory would be surplus to requirements at the Pirelli Stadium.

The 6ft 2in man started out at Plymouth Argyle but failed to make a single appearance for the Pilgrims and subsequent loan moves to Port Vale and Grimsby saw him join Dagenham in 2010 before eventually joining Albion 18 months later.

Pompey have made an indifferent start to their first season back in League One following promotion as champions last season. Kenny Jackett’s side have won one, lost one and drawn the other two of their opening four games leaving them mid-table. The former Premier League side will be hoping that today’s three acquisitions – midfielder Stuart O’Keefe, forward Oliver Hawkins and McCrory  will help propel the South coast side up the table in the coming weeks.


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