Ex-triallist ‘surprised’ he wasn’t offered Pompey deal

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Paul Paton admitted he was ‘surprised’ not to have been offered a Pompey contract.

The Northern Ireland international trained with the Blues earlier this month, after being released by St Johnstone.

Paul Paton.

Paul Paton.

But Kenny Jackett opted not to table the midfielder a deal at Fratton Park.

Paton subsequently signed for League One rivals Plymouth Argyle, making his debut off the bench in their 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

The 30-year-old thought he was going to be offered a contract at Pompey before moving to Home Park.

Speaking to the Plymouth Herald, Paton said: ‘I was at Portsmouth and never signed.

‘I was a wee bit surprised.

‘I had a week’s training there so that has stood me in good stead to come here.

‘Apart from that, I have just been doing a lot of track running.

‘It has not been nice – it’s hard to motivate yourself – but I’m glad I did that because I’m feeling good now.’

Paton could come up against Pompey when they travel to Plymouth on April 14.