Detailed: Portsmouth sporting director explains why 8 players had to go as retained list is revealed – gallery

Pompey’s out-of-contract 13 have finally discovered whether they have a Fratton future.

Unfortunately for eight of them, that involves being handed free transfers rather than staying at the club they represented in the 2022-23 season.

Here, Blues sporting director Rich Hughes explains each decision behind the exits of Michael Jacobs, Jayden Reid, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Louis Thompson, Clark Robertson, Kieron Freeman, Alfie Bridgman an Dan Gifford.