Former Portsmouth duo released by Bristol Rovers and Notts County

Two former Pompey Academy graduates have been released by their respective clubs.

Sunday, 7th June 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 8th June 2020, 4:23 pm

Theo Widdrington will depart Bristol Rovers at the end of his contract, while Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain is to leave Notts County.

Widdrington moved to the Gas in the summer of 2018 after being let go by the Blues.

The tenacious midfielder signed his maiden professional deal at Fratton Park the previous year, having skippered the youth team during 2016-17.

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Widdrington enjoyed a good loan spell at the Hawks during the first half of 2017-18, scoring three goals in 17 appearances during Lee Bradbury’s side’s National League South title charge.

However, he was recalled by Pompey boss Kenny Jackett to provide cover in central midfielder following injuries to Danny Rose and Stuart O’Keefe. Widdrington was named on the bench in a 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Day, as well as a victory at Fleetwood the following months.

However, Widdrington wasn’t offered fresh terms with the Blues and subsequently moved to the Memorial Stadium.

He made one first-team appearance in a Checkatrade Trophy loss to Exeter last season, as well as having loans with Bognor and Welling.

Former Pompey youngster Theo Widdrington has been released by Bristol Rovers. Picture: Joe Pepler

Writing on Twitter, Widdrington said: ‘As my time at @Official_BRFC has come to an end and as I look to move on to my next chapter.

‘I want to thank everyone associated with the club, especially the boys for the last 2 years and wish them all the very best going forward. #UTG.’

Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s time at Notts County has also reached a conclusion.

The right-back has been left out of Neil Ardley’s 24-man squad ahead of a potential National League play-off campaign if such plans do go ahead amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain has departed Notts County. Picture: Sarah Standing

Oxlade-Chamberlain, the brother of Liverpool and England midfielder Alex, made a solitary appearance for Pompey in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy loss at Exeter in 2015.

After leaving Fratton Park in 2018, he was signed by Kevin Nolan while he was in charge of County.

He struggled to make an impact, though, as he featured four times in total and had a loan spell at non-league Ilkeston Town earlier this campaign.