Former Portsmouth defender Brandon Haunstrup featured in a trial match for Kilmarnock last Thursday after turning down a new deal at Fratton Park.
With the 2019/2020 over for Pompey, boss Kenny Jackett will now look to build a side capable of gaining promotion from League One to the Championship having failed to achieve that for a second consecutive season through the play-offs.
With Jackett potentially looking to the transfer window to bring in, players could also depart the club and it now appears that Haunstrup is one of those having seen his contract expire in June.
The 23-year-old defender is said to have rejected fresh terms shortly after the penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford in the play-off semi final.
Haunstrup, who appeared 10 times for Portsmouth last season has been linked with a move to Scottish side Kilmarnock and that is now said to have become stronger after he featured in a trial game last week.
The friendly against Motherwell ended with a 3-2 win for Kilmarnock seeing Haunstrup play at left-back.
Valued at £45,000 by Transfermarkt, the defender made his debut with Portsmouth in 2015 after coming through the club’s youth academy and having had loan spells with Bognor Regis Town and Sutton United.
It does now appear that Portsmouth will have to live without Haunstrup and that will hand Kenny Jackett another task this summer.
Whilst the defender’s exit will be a blow, Jackett will need to have a fresh approach moving in to next season having failed in the play-offs twice in a row.
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