Portsmouth have confirmed the departure of 22-year-old right back Anton Walkes, who returns to MLS side Atlanta United for an undisclosed fee.
The defender, who has been utilised in both full-back positions and in central midfield during his time at Pompey, leaves the south coast club after making a total of 66 appearances in two years at Fratton Park.
“Anton’s girlfriend is from America and they have a daughter together, so this is a really good opportunity for him to make a new start over there,” Kenny Jackett told the club website.
“We understand his reasons for wanting to move away and wish him all the very best for the future,” the Portsmouth boss added.
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The versatile defender has made a total of nineteen appearances this term for Pompey, but has failed to nail down a regular starting position in his favoured right-back role.
It will be Walkes’ second spell at Atlanta, also spending time on loan at the Major League Soccer club in 2017 while still a Tottenham Hotspur player.
Walkes initially joined Pompey on loan from Tottenham for the second half of the 2017-18 season, winning the League Two title and achieving promotion back up to the third tier.
His move to Fratton Park was made permanent that summer on a two-year deal, and Walkes’ first full season at the club was a success, with the defender making 35 appearances in total for Kenny Jackett’s side in 2018-19.
Walkes returns to Atlanta for a second time, after being used for the majority of this season as a utility player because of injuries to regular starters.
This is Portsmouth’s first confirmed departure of the transfer window, and it could mean that Kenny Jackett dips into the market for a backup left-back, with Steve Seddon the only fully-fit player now in that position.