There could be a lot of change at Fratton Park this summer as Danny Cowley gets to grips with his Portsmouth squad.
Cowley arrived on the south coast along with his brother Nicky at the end of March to replace Kenny Jackett, with the first objective to get Pompey into the play-off places to end the campaign.
It looked on the cards for most of the time, but they fell out of the top six in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season with a loss to Accrington Stanley at home, meaning Cowley will have to go again next season in the third tier.
He’s already started with the squad changes, with the likes of Jordy Hiwula, Andy Cannon, Charlie Daniels and Craig MacGillivray all departing, and now it seems unlikely that Jack Whatmough, Tom Naylor, Ben Close and Ryan Williams will be signing new deals either.
That means a lot of business is likely to be done this summer, but it’s hard to envisage the club paying much in the way of transfer fees for incomings.
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According to former Pompey midfielder David Norris though that shouldn’t be a problem, who exclusively told Football League World that the pool of players free agency should bring up some gems for the club.
“If you haven’t got the outlay and the wages are not going to be too big, you can get some decent free agents – which I’m sure there’s going to be especially after the last year with COVID and finances,” Norris said on the potential avenues Cowley could go down for transfers.
“There’ll be a lot of players out of contract and on a free, so if you can pick up a few of them on the cheap and a decent wage then there is still some decent signings out there.”