Portsmouth boss reveals where player hunt is now turning to after season's end

Pompey are intensifying their non-league player hunt.

By Jordan Cross
Monday, 2nd May 2022, 4:55 am

And Danny Cowley has promised the Blues will unearth any players outside of the EFL ready to step into his squad.

Cowley’s backroom staff will run the rule over the National League programme today as its regular season nears its climax.

The scouting team will continue that process as the league heads into the play-offs later this month.

Cowley explained his staff were also out at games yesterday, with PL2 fixtures among those taking place.

Pompey have stated a change of direction in their recruitment policy, with a renewed focus on landing young players on the rise.

There’s been success at non-league level in the past, with Jamal Lowe a high-profile piece of business in recent years.

Cowley explained Pompey have to find anyone they believe are ready to follow in Lowe’s footsteps.

Jamal Lowe. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

He said: ‘For us, we were out at games yesterday and going to games today.

‘There are a lot of play-off games in non league and it’s important we get out to those levels and watch the best players there.

‘There’s some good games to watch on Monday.

‘We need to see if there is anyone we feel will be able to step up.’

As well as looking to non-league talent, Cowley has come out on the front foot over the need to keeping key existing members of his squad.

He’s drawn particular focus to retaining the services of both George Hirst and Hayden Carter next term.

Cowley added: ‘We need to show we can be competitive in this division. We have to keep this group together and add to it – then we can be competitive.’