Date: 25th July 2017 at 5:52pm
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Chances are some of those within the 28 man squad Kenny Jackett is working with aren’t going to be at Fratton Park when the season gets underway, if they are when the summer transfer window closes.

However, ALL have been issued squad numbers at Pompey.

New arrivals Nathan Thompson, the first to sign, will wear no.20. That shirt was occupied by Noel Hunt last season, who is set to join Wigan after lining up for Paul Cook’s side on a trial basis at the weekend, funnily enough against a Notts County side featuring former Blues midfielder Liam Walker.

Huddersfield loanee Tareiq Holmes-Dennis no.3 and, as you would expect when brought in as first choice goalkeeper, Luke McGee will wear no.1.

Forward, of course captain too, Brett Pitman will don no.8.

1 Luke McGee
2 Tom Davies
3 Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
4 Danny Rose
5 Matt Clarke
6 Christian Burgess
7 Carl Baker
8 Brett Pitman
9 Michael Smith
10 Milan Lalkovic
11 Gary Roberts
14 Curtis Main
15 Nicke Kabamba
16 Jack Whatmough
18 Jamal Lowe
19 Conor Chaplin
20 Nathan Thompson
22 Kal Naismith
23 Kyle Bennett
25 Drew Talbot
26 Gareth Evans
30 Adam May
32 Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain
33 Ben Close
35 Alex Bass
36 Jez Bedford
37 Theo Widdrington
38 Brandon Haunstrup

I think the no.9 and no.11 shirts – unlikely to see many sold too – will soon become vacated, assuming Michael Smith and Gary Roberts head through the Fratton exit gates, having been informed they can leave.

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