Gillingham's out-of-contract ace who Portsmouth may closely watch ahead of summer window

It's the position that Pompey have been forced to recruit more than most since Kenny Jackett took the helm.

Saturday, 27th February 2021, 7:00 am

In all bar one transfer window, the Blues' left-back options have been bolstered.

From Tareiq Holmes-Dennis to Sylvain Deslandes, Dion Donohue to Steve Seddon, eight left-backs in total have been signed during Jackett's time in charge.

The most recent and without a doubt most high-profile name arrived during this season's winter window.

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Following Cam Pring's loan return to Bristol City, Charlie Daniels was brought in to compete with Lee Brown for a starting spot in the second half of the season.

The ex-Bournemouth favourite penned a short-term deal until June at Fratton Park having spent the first half of the campaign at Shrewsbury.

However, there’s a chance Pompey might instead opt for a younger full-back to compete with vice-skipper Brown, who turns 31 in August, rather than the 34-year-old Daniels.

Gillingham's Connor Ogilvie. Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

The Blues’ preferred recruitment model is to sign players approaching their peak years with a potential sell-on value.

And when Gillingham visit Fratton Park, it's an opportunity for Jackett to cast an eye on someone who fits that mould.

Running the rule over his profile, he ticks plenty of boxes the Blues look for.

Ogilvie’s got a sound pedigree having come through Tottenham’s academy, represented England at age-group level and has more than 200 senior appearances under his belt.

Spending two years on loan at Priestfield before signing permanently in the summer of 2019, Ogilvie’s been one of the Gills’ prized assets.

Last campaign, he was undoubtedly their standout performer. He scooped four awards at their end-of-year ceremony – including Player of the Season.

This term, the 25-year-old’s unsurprisingly remained a vital cog. He’s played 35 times, scoring three goals – with his latest strike a sublime volley in a 3-2 win at Charlton.

And in the January transfer window just gone, Evans revealed there had again been enquiries.

But despite the Gills previously taking a hands-off approach, they'll be powerless to retain Ogilvie’s services should he wish for a fresh challenge this summer.

The ex-Stevenage man’s two-year contract expires in June and he won’t be short of suitors.

If that's the case then Ogilvie will surely aim to complete a move either to the Championship – a level Evans reckons he could comfortably play at.

With the Blues’ promotion bid is successful this season, they’d be able to offer Ogilvie a maiden chance to compete in the second tier.

In truth, it wouldn’t be a big shock if he remained on Pompey’s radar.