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With summer in sight, these 2 Portsmouth players will surely be eyeing a fresh start

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With just over a third of the League One season to go for Portsmouth, the club will have most of their focus on trying to achieve promotion back to the Championship.

Pompey have sixteen games left of the campaign to achieve that goal, but the club will also have one eye on the upcoming summer transfer window and the start of next season.

This is the time of the year where planning for the immediate future takes place, which often involves players that are likely to depart.

With a handful of the first-team squad struggling for first-team chances, some may look for new opportunities in less than four months’ time.

Here, we look at two Pompey players that could part ways with the club this summer…

Brett Pitman

It has been a tough season for the 32-year-old, who has hardly been a part of Kenny Jackett’s first-team plans at all.

In total, the forward has made a total of fifteen appearances for the club this term in all competitions, with eleven of them coming in League One.

However, just four of those league appearances were starts, and his last game was against Milton Keynes Dons at the end of December.

It was then revealed last month by BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon that Jackett had frozen Pitman out of the first-team picture until further notice, and sent him to train with the AFC Bournemouth under-23’s side. That fuelled speculation of a falling out behind the scenes with the manager.

That means a summer exit for Pitman now looks a certainty, which would be a disappointing way for him to end to his Pompey career.

He joined the club in July 2017, and has scored a total of 42 goals for the Blues.

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Paul Downing

The centre-half joined Pompey in the summer, but it has been a disappointing nine months on the south coast for the 28-year-old, who has had limited chances to force himself into the first-team regularly.

In total, he has made just six league appearances this term for Pompey, with his last one coming all the way back in mid-September against Burton Albion.

A key factor behind it has been the formidable partnership that has been formed between Christian Burgess and Sean Raggett at the back.

The move has not gone as hoped for the former Blackburn and Walsall defender, and Downing could seek a new challenge this summer if Kenny Jackett does not offer him assurances about playing time.


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