Kenny Jackett keen on Duncan Turnbull capture following Portsmouth debut

Kenny Jackett remains interested in Duncan Turnbull following a maiden Pompey outing.

Thursday, 12th March 2020, 6:00 am
Goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull, seen here for Notre Dame Fighting Irish, continues to train with Pompey. Picture: Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film

The towering keeper lined-up for a youthful Blues side against the Navy at HMS Temeraire on Tuesday afternoon.

The fixture, which also marked a comeback for Bryn Morris and featured Matt Casey, finished in a 3-1 defeat for the Blues.

Jackett watched the mid-day encounter ahead of the evening League One 2-2 draw with Fleetwood.

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The American Turnbull has been training with Pompey since last month, following a recommendation to goalkeeping coach John Keeley.

And the Blues are continuing to monitor the University of Notre Dame graduate.

Jackett said: ‘Duncan had a trial game and couldn’t do anything about the goals, he looked fine in what was really an under-18 side.

‘We are still looking to sign him, there isn’t much to report to be fair, he is still with us and on trial.

‘We’ll continue to look at him.’

Meanwhile, Morris emerged through his comeback match unscathed as he stages a late-season push for selection.

It represented the 23-year-old’s first appearance since a friendly outing against the Rocks in July.

His most recent first-team outing was in a 1-1 draw with Accrington in May 2019.

And Jackett remains encouraged by Morris’ ongoing return following a double hernia operation.

Pompey’s boss added: ‘There was no problem with Bryn, he played for 65 minutes.

‘He’s been out all season, but is 100 per cent fine, no problems, and his aim is to push back into the first-team before the end of the season.’