Duo set to stay at Pompey – but Jayden Stockley departs

Jayden Stockley Picture: Joe Pepler
Jayden Stockley Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Jayden Stockley has bid goodbye to Fratton Park.

But Pompey are putting the final touches to loan renewals for Matt Clarke and Marc McNulty.

The trio’s temporary spells with the Blues expired following yesterday’s impressive triumph over Crawley.

Coincidently, Clarke and McNulty both netted in the 3-0 success which marked a winning start to 2016.

For Clarke, on loan from Ipswich, it was a maiden senior goal, arriving after 21 appearances with Pompey.

They are now set to stay with the club until the end of the season, once the formalities of paperwork is completed over the next few days.

However, Stockley said his farewells to team-mates after yesterday’s match.

The Bournemouth striker was dropped from the squad for the Red Devils’ visit as forgotten man Nigel Atangana was instead given a surprise recall to the bench.

Stockley had been included in Pompey’s match-day 18 only three times during the last six fixtures and his departure comes as no surprise.

The 22-year-old scored two goals in 12 appearances, but has lately found first-team action hard to come by following a recovery from an ankle injury.

During his absence, Caolan Lavery and Sheffield United’s McNulty were both signed on loan and have scored 10 times between them.

Their continued success has blocked the way back into Cook’s side for Stockley, despite another rival in Matt Tubbs recently sidelined through injury.

It leaves Lavery as the only remaining loanee whose future is still to be resolved.

The Sheffield Wednesday forward has at least a week left following his arrival in mid-October.