Pompey eye more recruits before training return

Pompey are aiming for further additions before Wednesday's pre-season return.

Monday, 25th June 2018, 10:30 am
Updated Monday, 25th June 2018, 10:34 am
Mark Catlin

Mark Catlin revealed the Blues are still in the hunt to strengthen despite five new arrivals during the summer so far.

Anton Walkes is expected to become a permanent presence at Fratton Park '“ as negotiations with Spurs continue.

But Kenny Jackett remains in the market for more players as he strives to bolster his squad.

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Mark Catlin

And with Pompey's players back in training from Wednesday '“ ahead of their first friendly on July 2 '“ there could well be more fresh faces.

Catlin said: '˜We are still working on a few signings to hopefully bring in before the start of pre-season, if not before the start of the season.

'˜You are still in a recruiting period but that never stops and it shouldn't. You should never be satisfied with the squad you've got, you should always be looking to improve it.

'˜So when an agent rings me and asks what position we are looking for, I never give any defined position. You tend to say any player that can improve our current squad.

'˜Even when the window's shut, if there are free agents out there who can improve your squad, you have a look. You are always looking, every manager is the same.

'˜If you look at Kenny, he has clearly stated most managers want to work with a squad of 23-24 '“ and we are almost at that. Based on the numbers Kenny said publicly, we are not far off that now.'