Awford focuses on loan window after quiet deadline day

Ryan Bird has returned to Cambridge after cancelling his Pompey contract by mutual agreement
Ryan Bird has returned to Cambridge after cancelling his Pompey contract by mutual agreement
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Andy Awford will turn his attentions to the emergency loan window after resisting a deadline day dash.

There were no Fratton Park arrivals yesterday as the much-trumpeted transfer window closed.

Instead, Ryan Bird left the Blues by mutual consent to join Cambridge, while Peter Brezovan’s short-term deal was ended.

For a relaxed Awford there was no last-gasp desperate push as he remains satisfied with the quality of his squad.

Clubs outside the Premier League can now utilise the loan window which opens on Tuesday, September 9.

And Awford, who still has room in his budget, will be assessing his recruitment options during that period.

He said: ‘I am comfortable with what we have got but if player A goes ‘ping’ and out he comes then you have got to try to do it.

‘That didn’t happen, but what I will say is we did our permanent stuff two months ago, it was all done.

‘The loan window opens on the ninth, it shuts on November 24 and reopens January 1, so we will be looking at that.

‘Obviously you can only have five loans in your match-day squad and we have Alex Wynter, Miles Storey and Paul Robinson so there is room there.’

Bird’s desire for regular first-team football prompted him to agree to ripping up his contract for the remainder of the season to join Cambridge.

The 26-year-old had not made the last four squads and departs after 25 appearances.

Brezovan’s has left following the return to fitness of Michael Poke. Awford offered him the chance to train with the Blues while he finds another club, but he has returned to Slovakia.