Pompey miss out on full-back

Pompey have missed out on Walsall's Jason Demetriou.

Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 12:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:03 pm
Jason Demetriou. Picture: James Williamson

The attacking right-back had been lined-up for a Fratton Park move as Paul Cook attempts to bolster his squad.

However, he has opted against a move to the south coast and instead is set to stay in League One with a switch to Southend.

It is a blow to the Blues, who thought they had done enough to convince the Cypriot international to depart the midlands and sign.

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Demetriou made 53 appearances for the Saddlers last season as they reached the League One play-off final.

He played the full 90 minutes at Wembley as they ultimately were defeated 3-1 by Barnsley.

The full-back’s 12-month contract expired at the season’s end, putting clubs on alert.

Walsall had been keen to keep hold of the 28-year-old former Leyton Orient man following an impressive maiden campaign, tabling a new contract.

Yet he has considered his options and will today complete a move to Phil Brown’s Shrimpers, much to the disappointment of Pompey.

That has left Paul Cook required to look elsewhere to add a right-back to his squad, an area the Blues are clearly light.

With Ben Davies likely to leave having failed to agree a new deal, Pompey must continue to seek a solution to filling the role.

Calvin Davies is the sole right-back at Fratton Park at present.

However, he graduated from the Academy in the summer and is presently recovering from a foot injury which saw him miss the end of last season.

Davies made his Pompey debut in the 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Exeter in September 2015.