Bristol Rovers remain admirers of Portsmouth defender along with Scotland interest

Bristol Rovers remain admirers of Brandon Haunstrup.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 1:35 pm

But it is understood that the Gas will face competition from Scotland for the Pompey left-back.

It’s looking likely Haunstrup will leave Fratton Park upon the expiry of his contract for regular first-team football elsewhere, although the Blues have been in discussions over a new deal.

The Waterlooville lad was omitted from Kenny Jackett’s squad for both League One play-off semi-final legs against Oxford.

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Lee Brown and Steve Seddon were favoured instead.

Haunstrup made 19 appearances this season, in both left-back and right-back roles, and scored his maiden Pompey goal in a 2-1 FA Cup win at Harrogate.

However, he slipped down the pecking order after Seddon’s arrival on loan from Birmingham in January.

The 23-year-old was included in just two of the final 15 match-day squads.

Brandon Haunstrup. Picture: Nigel Keene.

Despite the club opening discussions with Haunstrup over a new deal, he appears set for pastures new to kickstart his encouraging career.

In total, he’s made just 57 outings since being granted his debut against Derby County in September 2015.

It’s understood that Bristol Rovers' head of recruitment Tommy Widdrington is a fan of Haunstrup and remains on their radar.

Rovers recently released former Fratton Park loanee Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, which frees up a berth in Ben Garner’s squad.

They also have left-backs Luke Leahy and Michael Kelly in their squad.

Scotland is also an option for Haunstrup, with interest north of the border.

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