We catch up with Jamal Lowe about this season and his thoughts on the future.
Now the dust has settled, Pompey fans can relax and reflect on the season. Pompey will not be getting into the play-offs this season.
However, with some meaningful additions, they have the foundations to make a serious bid for promotion next season. (We will be writing another article on who we would like to see added to the squad soon).
One of the foundations that Kenny Jackett can build around, is fan favourite, Jamal Lowe. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride for Lowe since he burst onto the scene in Portsmouth, arriving from non-league Hampton & Richmond. Scoring a brace against Notts County that sealed Portsmouth’s promotion to League One in his first season, was highly impressive.
Even so, it would be reasonable to be concerned that Lowe’s fairytale start to his Pompey career, might not be sustainable. Specifically, could he make a significant impact in League One?
Now we are at the end of the season, we can definitively say, yes he has. Furthermore, Lowe has developed into one of the most important players in the squad. Someone fans look to create something special when the team needs it. Lowe’s creativity is so vital to this teams success, in a way that exceeds all expectations at the start of the season.
I hope that when Kenny Jackett looks at the squad, he recognises Lowe’s role in the team and finds a way to keep his incredible development going.
Hugh – Congratulations on the 2-year contract extension in January Jamal. What does the new contract mean to you?
Jamal – I was delighted to have been offered a new contract, meaning another 2 years at this club. I want to progress up the leagues with Portsmouth. It is great to be given that opportunity to continue the journey with Pompey.
Hugh – You have nearly completed a season with Kenny Jackett as manager. What can you tell Pompey fans about how he fires the team up before a match?
Jamal – Under Kenny, you know always what is expected of you. There is structure to everything, which helps you improve your game on the tactical side.
Hugh – Let us talk a little about #GoalsLikeJamaz. The goal against Wigan was a big one for the fans as well as the team. How does that rank in your favourite goals you have scored for Pompey?
Jamal – The Wigan goal was a big one because of the occasion but obviously, I think the Notts County goals still top that by a country mile.
Hugh – Against Oxford United, you had a great little move around ex-Pompey keeper Simon Eastwood that you ended up squaring for Pitman to tap in. Did Brett have a word after the game about passing that sooner? Maybe changing it to #AssistsLikeJamz
Jamal – Yeah Pits (Brett Pitman) wanted me to pass it to him early but I always had in my mind to try to go it alone knowing he was there if need be. I could not squeeze it in myself and he is always in the right place at the right time. It was good to get another assist.
Hugh – A little bit more luck and you would have scored the winner against Plymouth. Did you think you had scored when the ball left your boot?
Jamal – Plymouth was hard to take because we grafted so hard and I thought it was in! I was half celebrating already but it was not meant to be.
Hugh – Are there any players in the academy you can tip for big things?
Jamal – From the academy, I would say Dan Smith is always working hard in the gym and that sort of attitude will get you far.
Hugh – Danny Rose’s injury was a big loss to the team. Do you think it took some time for the team to adjust without Danny?
Jamal – Danny is a big player for us and obviously the injury did not help. However, that is where other players come in and step up and take more responsibility and Closely (Ben Close) has done that very well.
Hugh – Anyone who has seen you play will know how talented you are. What is your goal as a professional footballer?
Jamal – My aim as a footballer is to play in all the football leagues. I have played in all from the seventh tier Ryman Premier, Conference South, Conference, League Two and now League One. The aim is to tick the other two off the list.
Hugh – What advice can you give to any young Pompey fan who wants to be a professional footballer?
Jamal – My advice would be to stay focused on what really matters when it comes to your career. Whether that is working on certain parts of your game, eating better, not going out as much or sleeping more. Do as much as you can to give yourself the best chance so you can’t say, I wish I did a bit more!