'I've tried to get them to rejoin': Sean Raggett urges team-mates to follow his lead and pledge future to Portsmouth

Sean Raggett is hoping team-mates will follow his lead and be persuaded to pledge their future to Pompey.

Tuesday, 31st May 2022, 4:55 am

The Blues have offered fresh terms to out-of-contract trio Reeco Hackett, Michael Jacobs and Aiden O’Brien as Danny Cowley strives to keep them at Fratton Park.

And the 29-year-old is keeping his fingers crossed that his display of commitment to the Blues cause can convince others to follow suit.

Raggett told The News: ‘Before I signed, I was keeping a close eye on others in the squad.

‘There were players who had options, so I wanted to see who the club were going to take up, and so far they’ve kept a lot of the squad together.

‘They have re-signed the likes of Louis (Thompson) and Marcus (Harness), plus young lads Jay (Mingi) and Jayden (Reid) who hopefully can push on this year.

‘If we can also hopefully sign a couple of the other boys that are out of contract and then add bits of quality where we need it, we’ll have a really good squad for the season.

Sean Raggett is hoping Pompey's out-of-contract players, including Michael Jacobs, will follow his lead and stay at Fratton Park. Picture: Paul Thompson/ProSportsImages

‘I have spoken to a couple of the players, trying to get them to rejoin. I was the same when I was watching others re-sign and that was influencing me a bit.

‘Hopefully me re-signing kicks it on a bit and they do the same. If we do, we’ll have a right good go at it next year.’

Jacobs has been offered appearance-related terms, with the Blues wary of a frustrating injury record which has blighted the talented winger’s availability.

Meanwhile, O’Brien has made no secret of his desire to remain at Fratton Park following an eye-catching stay since his January deadline day arrival.

In the case of Hackett, the Blues have opted not to take up his option, preferring to negotiate a fresh deal with the former Bromley man.

This would allow them to table a contract longer than the 12-months offered by the existing clause in the agreement signed in January 2020.

Raggett added: ‘There’s Aiden, Michael and Reeco. Reeco had a good season, to be fair to him.

‘If we can get those three to stay then we are not too far off, just a few bits of quality and I think we can have a right go.’

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