Appleton in no rush to sign duo

Gabor Gyepes. Picture: Robin Jones
Gabor Gyepes. Picture: Robin Jones

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POMPEY have put any potential moves for ex-triallists Gabor Gyepes and Tom Williams on hold.

The free agents spent the final six weeks of the season training with Pompey trying to catch the eye.

For Michael Appleton it was an opportunity to assess their talents from close range as he prepared for the possibility of life in League One.

The Blues boss has not ruled out bringing in the duo, who were both left without clubs from the middle of last season.

But for the time being, Appleton insists he is pursuing other targets.

He is attempting to bring in up to 18 new players.

The Pompey boss said: ‘With Gabor, I have not had any contact with him since the end of the season.

‘But I don’t expect to make any contact with either of them until the start of pre-season.

‘I’m thinking about rebuilding the squad to take the club forwards for a couple of years and there are other options I will look at during the summer.

‘I won’t be pursuing the two lads before pre-season.

‘I am in no rush. I have got a lot of other things I need to concentrate on and work towards at the moment.

‘We’ll just see what happens.’

Gyepes has been a free agent since January when his contract with Cardiff was cancelled by mutual consent.

The Hungarian international central defender made 74 appearances during three-and-a-half years with the Bluebirds and was formerly at Wolves and Northampton.

Left-sided defender Williams has had something of a nomadic career – his most recent club being in America.

The 31-year-old has also turned out for Colchester, Peterborough and QPR.