Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has admitted the club are in no position to talk about new contracts for players as they wait to assess their financial situation after the Coronavirus.
Clubs up and down the country have been impacted by the lack of games in recent weeks and Pompey are no different.
And, speaking to BBC reporter Andrew Moon, Jackett made it clear that any new deals for players, be that those out of contract or extensions to key men, is not a priority right now.
Just spoken to #Pompey boss Kenny Jackett, says as things stand the club are unlikely to offer any new deals or extensions until the full financial impact of the Corona Virus is clear
— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) April 13, 2020
That stance is understandable, although it could present possible problems down the line for the League One club as they could lose key players.
Centre-back Christian Burgess is one of those who will see his current deal at Fratton Park expire at the end of June and he admitted recently that his long-term future is up in the air and that he doesn’t expect anything to be resolved imminently.
Jackett also stated that he expects transfer fees and wages to fall significantly in the game when the crisis does ease.
This is an honest update from Jackett and the fans should be pleased that he is giving them the truth about the current situation.
And, the reality is that it’s to be expected. Like the vast majority of clubs in League One, the lack of income right now is a major concern and the knock-on effect it could have on businesses linked to the owners is another factor.
So, it’s a case of waiting and seeing and being patient is the right thing to do from the club.
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