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Jackett confirms Portsmouth defender’s departure

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Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that right-back Nathan Thompson will not be returning to Fratton Park next season, reports Andrew Moon of the BBC.

The 28-year-old played a large part in Pompey’s previous campaign but his contract is set to expire at the end of the current month and with no deal agreed on an extension he will become a free agent.

Thompson made the move to Portsmouth from Swindon Town as a free agent back in the summer of 2017, playing 79 times in an injury hit spell.

He still managed to make 31 League One appearances last season, however, as the South-Coast side narrowly missed out on promotion.

Jackett’s side finished the 2018/19 in fourth place on 88 points, level with third-placed Charlton and just three points outside the automatic promotion places.

When push came to shove in the play-offs, however, they were narrowly beaten 1-0 across both legs by Sunderland to miss out on a shot at promotion at Wembley.

They did not come away from the season empty-handed, however, after beating the Black Cats at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy final in April.

The verdict 

I think this is a shame.

Thompson has been a good servant to Portsmouth and is a solid League One right-back. But the club have to be smart and if he is demands are too high then they have to move on.

I don’t think it will come back to bite them exactly but it does now leave them a tad exposed in that area, even with the arrival of James Bolton from Shrewsbury.


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