Now Pompey’s hopes of reaching the Championship have faded away, it is set to be a massively important summer for Kenny Jackett and his team.
After failing to overcome Sunderland in the play-off semi-final, Portsmouth will once again be playing in League One next season.
Some believe they weren’t quite ready for the step up anyway but the major consequence of not gaining promotion is who they may now lose because of it.
Players rightly want to challenge themselves at the highest level and most recently, Matt Clarke is someone that may be of interest to Championship teams ahead of the next campaign.
Clarke would be a tough loss to cope with, except if Portsmouth went and signed Tom Lockyer in his place.
Lockyer (who is valued at £225k on Transfermarkt) is leaving Bristol Rovers after eight years with the club, in search of a bigger and better challenge.
Pompey (who were credited with an interest by The News recently) may have a desperate need for a centre-back like Lockyer, who could be a brilliant replacement for the possibly outgoing Matt Clarke.
The 24-year-old made an impressive 48 appearances for Bristol Rovers this season and is without a doubt one of the best central defenders in the division.
Portsmouth would have to work extremely hard to try and get him to remain in League One, after all, moving from Bristol Rovers to Portsmouth is not the largest of step-ups.
He’s a great age, has tremendous leadership qualities having been captain for the last three seasons and would be available on a free transfer, so competition could be fierce.
Still, there is no reason for Portsmouth not to try and sign Tom Lockyer, right?
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