Birch unable to rule out further loan exits

Pompey administrator Trevor Birch
Pompey administrator Trevor Birch
Pompey midfielder Carl Baker Picture: Joe Pepler

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Trevor Birch has revealed Pompey have not yet received any further enquiries for their players.

The club’s administrator helped broker the deal that took Erik Huseklepp to Birmingham on loan to ease the burden on the wage bill.

Joel Ward, Jason Pearce and Stephen Henderson were all courted by Ipswich in January but stayed at Fratton Park.

But while Birch insisted there had been no interest lodged in any other members of the Pompey squad since the transfer window, he has not ruled out the possibility of more exits.

He said: ‘I honestly don’t know if there will be any other deals like that (Huseklepp).

‘But there haven’t been any other approaches from other clubs at the moment.

‘I know there was some interest in some of the younger lads before the transfer deadline but that doesn’t help us, really, because they are not the big wage earners.’

Birch – himself a former professional player with Shrewsbury and Chester City – also admitted he had been impressed by the spirit among the playing ranks at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘I think there is a fantastic spirit among the players. It’s surprised me.

‘Footballers can sometimes be a bit cynical but this bunch are very honest and you can see the effort they put in.

‘I can’t speak highly enough of them.

‘I’ve been absolutely impressed by that. They are certainly not lacking in having the right attitude to ensure survival.

‘It won’t be for a lack of effort and from what I’ve seen so far, it will not be through a lack of talent.

‘We’ve got enough quality there, in my opinion, to stay up.’