Last left-back standing Joe Hancott handed Portsmouth chance
Joe Hancott will be given the chance to stake his Pompey left-back claim.
But firstly he must convince Kenny Jackett to hand him a permanent deal beyond the end of December.
The Isle of Wight youngster represents the only left-back on Pompey’s books at present, while fits into the prospective £2.5m salary cap.
That leaves just Hancott, the 19-year-old feeling his way back to fitness following an ACL injury to his right knee.
The home-grown youngster has been sidelined since sustaining the problem during training in October.
At the time, he had made two Leasing.com Trophy appearances in 2019-20, most recently a 2-2 draw at Oxford United.
Having progressed along the lengthy road of rehabilitation, Hancott is now closing in on being present for first-team training when it resumes.
Out of contract this summer, Pompey have handed him a six-month deal to prove he is over the injury and worthy of a longer-term arrangement.
With the departure of Haunstrup, the likelihood is Hancott will challenge for the role of deputy left-back.
In addition, being under the age of 21, his wage will not count towards the mooted £2.5m salary cap for League One.
Similarly, under-21 players are not included during the calculation of the 22-man squad – another proposal.
Should Brown not opt to stay, it will leave the Blues without a senior left-back – and inevitably will prompt Jackett to recruit.
A message from the Editor, Mark Waldron
Thank you for reading this story. The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on our advertisers and thus our revenues.
The News is more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription to support our journalism. You can subscribe here for unlimited access to Portsmouth news and information online.
Every subscription helps us continue providing trusted, local journalism and campaign on your behalf for our city.