Portsmouth boss addresses out-of-contract players as crucial cut-off date looms

Kenny Jackett has an idea of which out-of-contract players he wants to keep at Pompey.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Friday, 12th June 2020, 11:07 am

And the Blues boss is confident he can come to an agreement with those individuals before the cut-off point in two weeks’ time.

A change in EFL regulations means clubs have until June 23 to offer fresh terms to those whose deals expire at the end of the month – or release them.

If not then rival sides can contact players from the following day. Under previous rules, they were able to approach these players after the third Saturday in May.

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As things stand, their are eight members of Pompey’s squad whose deals culminate on June 30.

They are Lee Brown, Christian Burgess, Matt Casey, Oli Hawkins, Brandon Haunstrup, Adam May, Luke McGee and Brett Pitman.

The Blues have already tabled Burgess fresh terms, while the club have the option of an additional 12 months with Brown.

Jackett admitted players are understanding why their futures have yet to be determined amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lee Brown is out of contract at Pompey at the end of the season. Picture: Graham Hunt

But that is to change in the coming weeks.

Jackett said: ‘We are in constant touch with them.

‘All of our players were in for training yesterday and they all know we are waiting for information before we deal with individual situation.

‘I think it would be enough time (to sort out contracts before June 23).

‘Everyone knows the situation is very unique and, if we get some information this week from the EFL, there is enough time.

‘We have got an idea (who Pompey would like to keep and who’ll be released).

‘We have had conversations with people privately and kept in touch.’