Portsmouth boss: Smith recall an ongoing option

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Dan Smith is back starring with the Rocks following his Pompey sabbatical.

And Kenny Jackett revealed the necessity for a brief loan recall may again materialise during the campaign.

In-form Dan Smith featuring for the Rocks against Hornchurch.  Picture: Tommy McMillan.

In-form Dan Smith featuring for the Rocks against Hornchurch. Picture: Tommy McMillan.

The Bostik Premier League club were concerned they had lost the promising striker when Pompey last week called him back on the eve of a clash with Lewes.

The Blues initiated the move as 24 hours later Smith was required for a reserve friendly against Swindon – a match in which he would score.

But the Academy graduate was soon back with Jack Pearce’s side, netting twice in Saturday’s 3-1 over Kingstonian.

That’s now six goals in five Rocks matches, in addition to being crowned their August Player of the Month.

And Pompey intend to keep monitoring the situation.

Jackett said: ‘We recalled him for that particular reserve game.

‘Bognor been a good move for him and a good start – and I have to balance that with making him feel part of and valued here.

‘So when our games coincide – and it won’t happen too many times – we will have to call him back. I wouldn’t want him to have missed Swindon as, in the end, he’s a Portsmouth player.

‘I don’t think it is going to clash too many times. The flexibility of a youth loan is a big one, you can call him back and, with the permission of the club, he’ll return to them three days later and will be fine.

‘It won’t happen too many times, but it’s important he gets some games and trains with us as well.

‘When they do clash, we just have to deal with each particular one. I don’t want him to be disrupted there, but now and again he needs to be with us.’