Portsmouth confirmed last night that they had completed the signing of goalkeeper Lewis Ward on loan from Exeter for the rest of the season.
🧤 GK unit = Strengthened
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) January 28, 2021
The 23-year-old had made eight appearances for the League Two club earlier this season, but he had lost his place in the past few months, with his only outing since October coming in the FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.
Despite that, the stopper is highly-rated and Pompey announced on their official site that a deal had been finalised for Ward to link up on an initial loan.
With his contract up in the summer, it is something that the club will assess in the coming months as they consider Ward’s long-term future.
As Craig MacGillivray is the number one at Fratton Park, Ward will join up as backup at first, following an injury to Alex Bass. However, with Duncan Turnbull and Taylor Seymour on the books, many fans felt this signing was a bit unnecessary.
Here we look at some of the reaction from Twitter…
good way to waste the last space in our squad https://t.co/PgxJPlxXJl
— ً (@harrison__pfc) January 28, 2021
Ok but why? https://t.co/9o7Y005bz7
— Blake O’Neill (@blakepfc) January 28, 2021
— Pepe Lacey (@pepe_lacey) January 28, 2021
Why another keeper?
— Sam Robinson (@robbo11057) January 28, 2021
Exactly what we were lacking in the last couple of games, say what you like about Jackett but he’s got his finger on the real issues!
— John Molyneaux (@jmx1988) January 28, 2021
Awesome but why
— matt 🎲 (@MattPFC) January 28, 2021
Class keeper! But needed, I'm not sure? 😂
— Joe (@Joexunderwood) January 28, 2021