Kenny Jackett has delivered a firm message to reserve keeper Luke McGee after he failed to land a move away from Fratton Park this summer, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
The former Spurs stopper has fallen down the pecking order with Pompey, with reports over the summer suggesting he was free to leave the club in search of regular football.
That move never came and Pompey chief Jackett had to speak to the 24-year-old on deadline day and give him a boost for the coming few months.
“I spoke to Luke in the morning (of transfer deadline day) and nothing was expected,” said the former Wolves boss.
“He has to keep working now and to keep pushing. You never know when that chance might come for you as a footballer. The most important thing is that you’re ready. Sometimes it can look like it is never going to happen but it doesn’t work that way.
“The biggest crime is you perhaps can’t see a way forward and then you don’t prepare yourself.”
McGee made just five appearances last season, none of them in the league, and as yet he hasn’t featured this time around either. Despite his lack of games, Jackett had a positive message for the keeper.
“Luke has to come in every day and believe that the chance is going to come again.”
He began his career with Spurs, later moving to Peterborough on loan before a permanent switch to the south coast. He played 44 matches in League One in 2017/18, but has since lost his place to Craig MacGillivray.
The message being delivered to Luke McGee is the same as managers all across the land will be handing out to their third-choice keepers. It’s one of hope, but the stark truth is unless something bad happens, he won’t play football.
Once a manager has settled on a keeper, only injury or bad form will lead to him being replaced. Alex Bass is closer to the first team than McGee, meaning it would take two injuries two give the former Spurs man a chance.
That surely won’t happen. Such is the life of a stopper; no ten minute run out at the end of a game, no chance of making another position your own. All he can do is work hard and hope someone comes in for him over the winter.