Paul Cook mulls over his free agents

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PAUL COOK admits he is still actively looking to bolster his Pompey squad as he continues to weigh up the futures of Ben Davies, Gareth Evans and Theo Robinson.

The trio of free agents all featured in the 1-1 draw at Bognor on Friday night.

Gareth Evans on the ball at Bognor. Picture: Tommy McMillan

Gareth Evans on the ball at Bognor. Picture: Tommy McMillan

Robinson then played 90 minutes in the 3-2 win at Gosport Borough on Saturday, scoring Pompey’s second goal.

The Blues boss confirmed he had decided against offering a deal to burly striker Callum Hassan but hinted he has yet to make up his mind over some of the other players attempting to earn a contract at Fratton Park.

But he clearly has other irons in the fire and is hopeful there may be some transfer movement this week.

Cook said: ‘As a manager, you have always got to be active and we are still looking.

‘We’re a club that wants to go forward so recruitment is a massive part of that.

‘You always want to bring players in to make you stronger and we are in that position.

‘If it happens this week, it happens and if it doesn’t, we will keep trying.

‘Callum has been released to go to other clubs and we wish him all the best.

‘He has been a smashing lad to work with but we have got to look to keep progressing our squad.

‘Theo is doing alright at the moment.

‘They are tough games to make decisions on players.

‘We will see where it takes us.

‘Theo showed a great work ethic to win the ball back for our winning goal against Gosport and that’s important.

‘We are still thinking about a few things and we have made a few decisions but we will let the lads know first.’

Cook, meanwhile, admitted he was delighted to get his first win as Pompey boss under his belt thanks to the hard-fought 3-2 success at Privett Park.

He said: ‘All in all, I was pleased to get that first win.

‘Going in as a manager of any club, it would be foolish to say that you are not waiting for your first win.

‘As the game progresses, you get to stages where they make mistakes that are good because they are learning.

‘When Gosport got it back to 2-2, I thought they were the only team that was going to win the game.

‘That was great for our young lads because you can do anything you want to help them but they need to be out there and in the firing line.

‘That experience is good for young lads but I was really pleased to win the game from that position, which didn’t look likely.’