With promotion to the Championship a failed goal for this season, Kenny Jackett could be set for a long summer.
Another season in League One will be disheartening for Portsmouth, and with many of Pompey’s key names being standout stars in the division this year it is likely there will be interest from teams around the country for Jackett’s players, and some are already starting to attract interest.
According to the Portsmouth News, interest in duo Matt Clarke and Jamal Lowe is heating up following their 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sunderland in the League One play-off semi-final, and for Clarke in particular, Jackett could find it hard to keep hold of his star defender.
The 22-year-old centre-back has been a standout in the league this season, playing every minute and scoring three goals along the way, and with one year remaining on his current deal, it could be wise for Portsmouth to cash in on Clarke now before it is too late.
A hard decision, granted, considering the fact he’s so good, but the club have to think about their financial future.
Valued at £180,000 on Transfermarkt, the former Ipswich Town academy product would demand a large transfer fee for any team looking to go in for Clarke this summer, and these funds will be important for Jackett in his pre-season plans to rebuild the team and acquire talent that can get Portsmouth over the promotion line next season.
Clarke has been a great servant for the south coast side and has developed into one of the top defensive talents in the Football League, but with only 12 months remaining on his contract, Portsmouth will be wise to cash in now on their defender for the good of their long-term future.
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