Pompey admit Australian trial

David Norris looks likely to leave Ipswich this summer
David Norris looks likely to leave Ipswich this summer
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Pompey have confirmed Scott Neville will be arriving at the club for a trial.

But Steve Cotterill has declined to comment on the latest David Norris developments.

Australian right-back Neville is expected at Blues training on Monday for the start of a two-week trial.

The highly-rated 22-year-old plays for Perth Glory in the A-League, making his Australian under-23 debut in September.

Pompey want to take a closer look before deciding whether to pursue their interest as they look to strengthen the squad in the summer.

However, Cotterill was annoyed the news had been allowed to leak out from Australia.

He said: ‘I’m surprised that has got out.

‘That’s lesson number one he’s got wrong!

‘I suppose he’ll read this. Is he on the plane yet?

‘Scott’s just a young boy. A young Australian boy who is athletic and we want to have a look at him.

‘It’s no more than that at the moment.’

Meanwhile, Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has admitted Norris’ days with the Tractor Boys could be numbered.

That represents encouraging news for Pompey.

The midfielder is out of contract this summer with a new deal yet to be agreed.

Pompey attempted to sign Norris during the January transfer window. They are now eyeing completing a swoop at the season’s end.

Cotterill yesterday declined to comment.

But his Ipswich counterpart hinted Norris could be on his way from Portman Road.

Jewell said: ‘We would like him to stay. But he will have offers elsewhere, which I understand.

‘David has to do what is best by his family.’