Appy: Player exits still a possibility

Pompey striker Kanu
Pompey striker Kanu
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY could part company with yet more players between now and the end of the season.

That’s the verdict of Blues boss Michael Appleton, who believes contracts could be cancelled by mutual consent.

Erik Huseklepp, Liam Lawrence, Hayden Mullins and Stephen Henderson all departed Fratton Park during the emergency loan window, with the club desperate to cut costs.

That window closed last week with no further departures, giving Appleton the opportunity to work with a settled squad for the remainder of their Championship survival bid.

Appleton has insisted no player has asked to leave.

But Pompey could yet see their threadbare playing squad reduced further if a player opts out of his contract with permission of the club.

Higher-earners Kanu, Benjani and Dave Kitson have all found themselves out of the first-team squad in recent weeks and could conceivably leave if an agreement is reached.

Of the trio, only Benjani is out of contract this summer.

‘I think, from our point of view, it’s one of them where, if they (players) don’t see themselves in and around the squad then obviously they’ve got that option (to leave),’ said Appleton.

‘I can’t see there being a big queue to take up that type of option. But if they did then, obviously, they know we’ve got people who are willing to come to fight the cause for the football club.

‘At the end of the day, you just can’t cancel someone’s contract.

‘They’re the ones who have got to agree and probably do the pushing and show themselves, so to speak.

‘If that did come, then the club would be in a situation where they would have to listen because we’re not in a great state financially.’