Portsmouth transfer latest: Blues target Matt Butcher to become free agent after rejecting new deal at Accrington

Pompey target Matt Butcher has rejected a new contract at Accrington Stanley and will now leave the League One outfit.

By Pepe Lacey
Thursday, 5th May 2022, 2:25 pm

After failing to agree fresh terms at the Wham Stadium, the out-of-contract midfielder will now become a free agent and leave John Coleman’s side after two seasons.

A move this close season would also appeal.

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Confirming the 24-year-old’s imminent exit, Accy boss Coleman said: ‘Matt has been a good servant to the club and we wish him all the best.

‘We did offer him a new contact but have been unable to offer him an improved contract, so he is now a free agent.’

Butcher started both of Stanley’s fixtures against the Blues this season - and found the net in the 2-2 draw in October.

After leaving Bournemouth in 2020, he amassed 85 appearances for the club - scoring on six occasions.

Pompey target Matt Butcher has rejected a new contract at Accrington.

Any potential move to Pompey would be seen has something of a homecoming.

As a Blues fan, Butcher grew up idolising Matt Taylor while attending Cowplain School and had numerous unsuccessful trials with the Fratton Park while a teenager.

As well as featuring for Bournemouth and Accrington, the midfielder has also played for Gosport Borough, Woking, Yeovil and St Johnstone.