Explained: 8 players could leave Portsmouth this summer, contracts expire in 2020


Eight players from the first-team and out on loan could leave Portsmouth at the end of their contracts this summer – Matthew Casey, Christian Burgess, Lee Brown, Brandon Haunstrup, Oliver Hawkins, Brett Pitman, Luke McGee, Adam May.

Casey has made three appearances since rising through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2018, but his future could be uncertain as his last outing for the League One outfit came in January 2019.

The 20-year-old has been loaned out to Bognor this season and finds himself behind Paul Downing, Raggett, Burgess and Jack Whatmough in the pecking order. Pompey do have the option to trigger a 12-month extension, however.

Burgess has made 208 appearances in all competitions since joining Portsmouth from Peterborough in 2015, scoring 12 goals and making eight assists.

The 28-year-old is out of contract in the coming months, but Portsmouth News say he’s been in talks over a new deal for a number of weeks, so his future may yet be on the South Coast.

Brown has made 70 appearances across the board since joining from Bristol Rovers in 2018 and may have a future at Portsmouth despite his deal being up this summer.

The 29-year-old has made 19 appearances this season and will be useful to Kenny Jackett as a backup defender, so a contract extension may be coming his way.

Haunstrup is another backup player like Brown, but he may have an uncertain future at Fratton Park as he’s struggled to make the first-team squad in 2020.

The 23-year-old has made 57 appearances in all competitions since rising through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2015, but this may be his last campaign at the club.

As per Transfermarkt, Haunstrup has made just two appearances for Portsmouth since December 2019 and hasn’t made the matchday squad since January 2020.

Hawkins could be joining Haunstrup on his way out of Portsmouth as he’s been out of favour under Jackett this season.

The 28-year-old has made 95 appearances across the board since joining from Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015, scoring 18 goals and making nine assists, but he’s racked up less than 800 minutes of football in 2019/20.

With John Marquis, Ellis Harrison and Pitman ahead in the pecking order, Hawkins looks finished at the club.

Pitman is another player walking the tightrope as he’s been somewhat surplus to requirements. The 32-year-old has amassed just 461 minutes of League One football this season and has failed to push Marquis and Harrison out of the starting eleven.

Pitman has made 99 appearances since joining Portsmouth from Ipswich Town in 2017, scoring an impressive 42 goals and making eight assists, but he’s another player whose time may be up.

McGee could leave Pompey at the end of his contract this summer as he’s been out of favour since 2018.

The 24-year-old has made 55 appearances since joining from Tottenham in 2017, but he’s only featured five times in the last 23 months and has spent the second half of the season on loan at Bradford City.

With McGee currently behind Alex Bass and Craig MacGillivray in the pecking order, it’s hard to see him having a future at Fratton Park.

May is another player low down the manager’s estimates who looks likely to leave this summer.

The 22-year-old has made 30 appearances since rising through the youth ranks to the first-team but hasn’t featured since January 2019. He’s been loaned out to League Two side Swindon Town and National League outfit Boreham Wood this season, so it’s clear he’s not up to the level.

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