Portsmouth right-back Anton Walkes has chosen to call it a day on his time at Fratton Park, choosing to move on from Kenny Jackett’s side.
The 22-year-old decided to make the move across to America permanently and sign for Atlanta United, having previously made 23 appearances while on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017.
Having risen through the ranks at Tottenham, Walkes first came to Fratton Park in January 2018 on loan from the Premier League club and made 12 appearances in league action as he adjusted to senior football in England.
During the summer of 2018, Jackett chose to make the defender’s stay permanent and made 54 appearances during his 18-month spell on the south coast, scoring two goals, as he had to settle for a bit-part role under Jackett.
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Mainly being deployed as a right-back this season, the defender found himself featuring at left-back in recent weeks as he covered for the absences of Lee Brown and Brandon Haunstrup, both ruled out until next month through injury.
During his time with the League One club, Walkes was a reliable and dependable member of the squad, who would fill in wherever he was asked.
Here, we take a look at the best reaction from Portsmouth fans to Walkes’ exit…
Thank you for your short time here, think we might miss you this season, your versatility might have been needed. However, you have to do what is right for you. Good luck
— Chris Elston (@ChrisElston1912) January 10, 2020
If I have to retain just one single memory of Anton's time at PFC it will be that tackle at Norwich. Absolutely top drawer piece of defending. 💙
— Simon Hill (@simon_a_hill) January 10, 2020
Good luck Anton 👊 never really had a fair run in the team but thought you’d done well this season in a few different positions
— Paul Williams (@Paullwilliams) January 9, 2020
All the best 🍀 Has played really well recently. Shame to lose a versatile player, but hopefully we got a decent fee and invest it wisely.
— Jake Meyers (@jakemeyers2015) January 9, 2020
A good guy who was constantly moved around position wise, had played solidly of late and deserved more plaudits. Best of luck to him. Thanks for all you've done for Pompey.
— Paul L 🇪🇺🏴🇮🇹🏴 (@paul9lewis1) January 9, 2020
Sad to see him go, versatile and really started to look the part recently! Best of luck for the future Anton!!! #pompey
— Lee Cooke (@PORTSMOUTHFCLEE) January 9, 2020
Big move, that’s mad
— Oliver Grand (@ollygrand__) January 9, 2020