Hawks boss Paul Doswell revealed he could enquire about a loan move for Adam May next season – even though he’d expect it to be futile.
The midfielder has been on the periphery of things at Pompey this campaign.
After a spell on loan at National League side Aldershot before Christmas, May has made just four appearances for the Blues since returning – with none coming in League One.
May worked under Doswell during the 2015-16 season when on loan at Sutton United.
The Blues academy graduate played an important role in their superb run in the FA Cup. He featured in wins over AFC Wimbledon and Leeds, as well as the fifth-round loss to Premier League heavyweights Arsenal.
With the Hawks being relegated to National League South, new manager Doswell admitted it might be a tier too low for May.
But it wouldn’t stop him asking the question to Pompey boss Kenny Jackett.
Doswell said: ‘I still speak to Adam. I had him for a year.
‘He did well enough in the end to play against Leeds and Arsenal in our FA Cup run at Sutton, getting selected by merit in those games.
‘The reality is if we were in the National League, I can then ask people to come.
‘But in the National League South, it’s more difficult.
‘I’m not sure Adam would view us as being in a good enough league for him to come.
‘The thing with me is it won’t stop me asking the question. I’m quite used to getting rebuffed.
‘We’ll go for players that people won’t think we can get, but we’ll try to get them.’