Pompey to begin summer clear-out

Pompey boss Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Dion Donohue has signed a two-year deal at Pompey Picture: Colin Farmery

Pompey new boy’s out to continue rise

  • Pompey will tomorrow begin their summer clear-out
  • Six players including Ben Davies, Danny Hollands, Ben Tollitt and Brian Murphy are out of contract
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Pompey’s squad will tomorrow learn whether they have a Fratton future.

And Paul Cook remains hopeful Ben Davies will be among those staying for next season’s bid for promotion.

Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues’ play-off squad have been summoned to the training ground for noon to discover their fate.

Davies, Danny Hollands, Brian Murphy and Ben Tollitt, plus youngsters Chad Field and Snorre Nilsen, are all out of contract.

Cook is also seeking to offload some of his contracted players, with out-of-favour Matt Tubbs a candidate to depart.

Pompey’s boss is aware he needs to manoeuvre to create space for fresh arrivals.

There will also be one or two under contract we will be telling to go and find another club, without a shadow of a doubt

Paul Cook

And following their disappointing play-off elimination, he is eager to strengthen his playing ranks.

Cook said: ‘They are coming in at noon tomorrow and we will inform all the players exactly what is going on.

‘They will know their futures and I imagine there will be a list announced by the club.

‘There will also be one or two under contract we will be telling to go and find another club, without a shadow of a doubt.

‘It is like X-Factor, tune in next week!

‘The nucleus of our squad is good, we are pleased with that. There are just those key areas where we need a little bit more devilment and players we can trust a bit more.

‘They will all get told tomorrow what we want.’

When asked about Davies, Cook admitted he is keen for the right-back to remain.

He added: ‘I would like to think Ben Davies will be at the club next year, he is a smashing lad.

‘Whether we can agree with something or not remains to be seen.’