Jackett: Portsmouth not planning to splash the cash in January

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Kenny Jackett has no plans to make it a bumper January transfer window for Pompey.

But the Blues boss is open to the idea of making squad improvements as he targets League One promotion.

Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey have made a storming start to the 2018-19 campaign, currently sitting three points clear of nearest rivals Sunderland at the top of the table.

Yet that does not mean Jackett is going to stand still as his side looks to seal a return to the Championship for the first time since 2011-12.

Last January,the former Millwall manager, now in his second season as Blues boss, saw his side in the promotion shake-up – sitting sixth at the turn of the year.

A quartet of Sylvain Deslandes, Connor Ronan (both Wolves), Stephen Henderson (Nottingham Forest) and Anton Walkes (Spurs) arrived on loan in a bid to bolster the club’s promotion bid.

But that was not deemed enough in some quarters, with only Walkes establishing himself in the first-team picture for the second half of the season.

Fast forward 10 months and the Blues are in a stronger position to achieve their ambitions.

Jackett can’t see areas of weakness in his ranks.

But he’s willing to maximise the opportunity and strengthen if the right player comes available to enhance a concerted promotion push.

He said: ‘We want to maximise every single window.

'You have got to see it as a chance to move things forward, if you can.

'Looking at the way things are now, there aren't many injuries – hopefully it stays that way.

'There are no big holes in our team, no big holes in our squad.

'That's the first thing to look at.

'The second thing is to improve in anyway you can, we'll look at both angles definitely.

'It doesn't look like we'll need wholesale change, necessarily, at the moment.

'But football can change very quickly.

'In terms of us and January, do we want to be successful and maximise the window? 100 per cent we do.’

The Blues have this week been linked with a move for ex-Cork City midfielder Kieran Sadlier.

Jackett admitted he is aware of the player, but no imminent plans are in place to swoop for the now out-of-contract 24-year-old.

Sadlier, who hails from Sussex, scored 26 times in all competitions last term.

With the Irish League season now over, Jackett admitted that is a potential avenue Pompey could look at should they wish to bolster ranks between now and January.

‘The Irish League has just finished so some of their contracts have just finished,’ added the manager.

'With two months to go to our window, it's something club's will be looking to exploit.’