Striker reveals how Portsmouth coronavirus regime left him in dark over player crisis

Ellis Harrison confessed he was completely oblivious to how close Pompey came to a play-off player crisis.

Saturday, 27th June 2020, 8:00 am

But the Blues striker’s confident Sean Raggett and Christian Burgess were pushing to sign short-term deals to feature against Oxford United next week.

Harrison admitted he was in the dark when it came to what was happening over players needing to sign extensions to be available for the play-offs.

All out of contract and loan players needed to agree deals, but the concern with Burgess lied over gaining permission from his likely new Belgian club Union Saint-Gilloise to feature, while Raggett’s parent club Norwich were looking for assurances over a permanent deal.

Sign up to our Portsmouth FC newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Harrison explained the training regime amid the coronavirus means players don’t congregate in dressing rooms or hang around the training ground.

That and the demands of becoming a father in March meant he was off the pace with developments and how the focus was on Burgess and Raggett’s immediate futures.

Harrison said: ‘‘Until I was asked about the contracts I didn’t know much about it. I was a bit shocked myself!

‘Until we’re back to normal I won’t know what’s happening.

Ellis Harrison

‘It won’t be until we’re back in the changing room and there’s gossip, I honestly won’t have a clue.

‘At the moment I just go into training and come straight home.

‘I haven’t followed it. I’ve just become a dad and I haven’t got time anymore!

‘I’m buzzing they’re here, though. They’re vital and have been all season.

‘They come in, work hard and I’m sure they were pushing to play and get us promotion.’