Date: 21st July 2017 at 8:51am
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No, there will be no exodus but as Bob Marley said there would need to be movement of the people, actually ‘movement of Jah people’, at Fratton Park in order for Kenny Jackett to bring further players to Pompey.

Does the squad need much working doing, in terms of incomings? Having signed Nathan Thompson, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Luke McGee and Brett Pitman since his arrival I’m not sure Jackett actually needs to do much more, which isn’t to say he wouldn’t.

He was clear it’ll be one out one in regarding future transfers.

Jackett told the News: ‘Yes, it is a case of one-out, one-in at the moment. In terms of any more players coming in, we would perhaps need players going out. It might not always be direct sales, it might be young players going out on loan. I have inherited quite a big group and for all of those to get games they may have to go out on loan.’

However, the Pompey boss doesn’t anticipate a departure anytime soon.

‘We are not close to anybody moving or going yet, though.’

Who are most at threat when it comes to the axe? Well, Jackett has made it clear he feels Pompey are a forward too many, so Michael Smith, we feel in particular, and Curtis Main could be at risk of being offloaded, if a buyer can be found? Gary Roberts could be viewed as a luxury player now and has featured sparingly in pre-season.

They would be at risk and as the season moves closer Jackett will be ‘clear with the players’ what’s what, he would also expect the players to make their own feelings know.

‘You have to be clear with the players (on their futures), you must speak with them. We are getting towards the end of July, and as soon as August comes with teams getting selected you can see the pattern.

Adding: ‘Those not playing will be slightly frustrated and I understand them wanting to go and find first-team football themselves. You have to be clear and honest with them. I am sure in terms of the right time and the right player, conversations will come around as we work towards the season’s start, which is within two weeks now.’

When it comes to the younger squad players their potential departures, which might not necessarily then count towards the one in one out mentality, loan moves to facilitate some football, certainly at first team level, something they probably wouldn’t get at Pompey could be sought.

A ‘bridging gap’ spell away from the club, due to the Blues not having a development squad, could best suit their development and easier allow Jackett to manage numbers.

‘Some of the younger lads may be loaned out as we get towards August because there is no development group here. They have come out of under-18 football and some cannot quite find a place in our first team yet. Bridging that gap with loans can help – both in terms of their progress for the future and also day-to-day managing our numbers.’


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