Familiar feeling - how Luke McGee has fared since leaving Portsmouth for Bradford on loan
There’s been plenty of news coming out of the Pompey goalkeeping department of late.
Croatia youth international Petar Durin was released last week, while Lewes stopper Taylor Seymour and University of Notre Dame graduate Duncan Turnbull are both currently on trial.
Then there’s the battle for the No1 spot, with Alex Bass ahead of Craig MacGillivray in the pecking order.
The other senior keeper who remains under contract at Fratton Park is Luke McGee.
Of course, he joined Bradford on loan during last month’s transfer window.
Arriving from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2017, McGee had slipped from first choice to third on the south coast.
After featuring 50 times during the 2017-18 campaign, he found himself behind Bass and MacGillivray in the pecking order.
The 24-year-old hadn’t made a first-team appearance for more than a year before completing a January switch to the Bantams for the remainder of the season.
McGee arrived at Valley Parade to cover for Richard O’Donnell, who had suffered a hamstring injury.
Signed by then manager Gary Bowyer, the former Peterborough man made his debut two days later in a 2-2 League Two draw with Scunthorpe.
He then played 90 minutes in the Bantams’ goalless stalemate against Colchester, the 3-0 loss to Mansfield and a 1-1 draw with Grimsby.
Since O’Donnell’s return to full fitness, however, McGee’s been forced to play a support-act role once again.
He’s been an unused substitute in their past three games – a 3-0 defeat at Oldham, the 1-1 draw against Grimsby and a 3-1 victory over Stevenage.
Bradford travel to Cambridge tomorrow and it’s likely that O’Donnell will again be between the posts for a side now managed by Stuart McCall.
McGee’s out of contract at Fratton Park in June and is almost certain to depart.
The keeper will be aiming to win a starting spot back at Bradford in a bid to catch the eye for potential suitors in the summer.