Date:Wednesday May 7 2014
It has been made clear that Andy Awford is not in any hurry to bring players in.
He will take his time to bring the right players to Fratton this summer to spearhead what we will be looking to be a promotion challenge to get our of league two next season.
Obviously his first priority is to determine who stays and who goes though...
He will want to keep some of the players out of contract but others he will not, we will also see some deciding that they want to leave at the end of their deals. It is less likely but some under contract might think they have had enough too.
Therry Racon and Yassin Moutaouakil will definitely go - what I will say about View-to-a-kill is 'fair play' to him.
Despite being out of the 1st team picture since the turn of the year, or more, he was still in attendance with the squad during the lap of appreciated. I might be wrong but I cannot recall seeing Racon...
Ashley Harris and Jack Maloney will almost certainly go too.
Should Marcos Painter, Jake Jervis, Phil Smith and Ryan Bird be retained it would be a surprise.
Perhaps Smith might be retained from an experienced goalie stance but with John Sullivan still in contract he might get the nod, should Sullivan go Smith could stay.
Bird might get the option taken up on his contract, I am 50:50 at the moment - he proved with Cambridge that with service he will score, if we provide this him perhaps he will at Fratton too?
Bondz N'Gala, Nicky Shorey and Trevor Carson have the best chance of being retained I think, if Shorey and Carson are not at least offered contracts I would be very surprised.
Jed Wallace, after surprisingly staying last summer and through to the end of the season, looks destined for pastures new with us gaining a compensation fee for him as he steps up a level or two.
Finally Adam Webster has an option on his contract and you would expect that to be taken up like it was by us with Wallace last summer.
The other main decision needs to be taken with David Connolly. It might be best for all parties if some sort of compromise can be reached over the final year of his contract?
Another player or three that have contracts could be deemed 'surplus to requirements' but firstly those that will be out of contract need dealing with...
Who do you reckon we will keep, or would you like us to keep and who do you think will go, or you would like to go?
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Date:Wednesday May 7 2014
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