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Kenny Jackett issues key update on Portsmouth trialist

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Portsmouth are set to give goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull an opportunity to impress in an upcoming youth game.

The 21-year-old is currently on trial at the club, having arrived last week. He’s currently a player at Houston Dynamo in the MLS having been drafted by the side just last month.

After Luke McGee left to join League Two side Bradford City on loan in January, Portsmouth only have first-team shot-stoppers Alex Bass and Craig MacGillivray to call on, leaving them short of options.

Jackett revealed that Turnbull was still on trial at the club and that Pompey were looking to give him a chance to impress for their reserves in the upcoming Premier League Cup clash against Aston Villa.

Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Jackett said: “Duncan’s still here.

“We’d definitely like to have a look at him in a game.

“The situation is ongoing and he will be here this week.

“He looks okay. He’s looked decent in training so it’s ongoing and we’ll try to work him towards a game.

“He’s a good size, seems a good lad and John Keeley, who’s in charge of that department, has been impressed with him so far.”

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The Verdict

Portsmouth do need another goalkeeper so it would be a move that benefits the side should Turnbull sign a contract at the club.

Having just two first-team goalkeepers can be very risky. If one gets injured then it can cause a whole world of problems for the side, and puts a lot of pressure on the other keeper to stay fit.

This would be a move that casts any worry away but Pompey have to make sure that he’s good enough just incase he is called upon at some point.

The game that Jackett wants him to play will be a good indicator of the level that he’s at. It’s one thing doing it in training but out in a match will be where Jackett can really examine if he’s good enough or not.


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