Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has lifted the lid on a failed summer move for Cameron McGeehan, who has moved to Belgium.
Jackett’s Pompey side missed out on promotion from League One to the Championship last term after a play-off semi-final defeat to Oxford United.
McGeehan, who was involved in the 2019/2020 season for the Fratton Park outfit, missed the fateful spot kick before returning from his loan spell to to parent club Barnsley this summer.
However, despite those hopes at Portsmouth, it was confirmed last week that Belgian side KV Oostende had completed a move for the midfielder.
Failure to lure McGeehan back to Pompey will be a sour one for Jackett as he looks to improve his squad ahead of next season and he has made a comment on the player’s decision to move abroad.
He told The News: “I knew of the likelihood or the possibility that he would go out to Belgium. It wasn’t a surprise to me when it was announced.
“Over recent weeks, I thought it was unlikely that we would get him back because he had this offer. I’ve certainly known about it for a week or so.
“Cameron feels that, for him, it’s a very good opportunity and we do wish him all the best.”
Departing Barnsley, the club opted to thank him for his efforts via their official website, writing: “Everyone at Oakwell would like to thank Cameron for his efforts and wish him well for the future.”
A kick in the teeth for Portsmouth who would have liked to have had McGeehan back at the club, indeed he was a regular at Fratton Park following his January arrival and featured 12 times in the league before it was halted due to the pandemic in March (Transfermarkt).
His move may act as a signal that the League One club do not have much pulling power this summer. With finances tight in the English Football League and the introduction of a salary cap, signings could hard to come by.
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