Portsmouth’s chances of signing Connor Ogilvie from Gillingham have all-but ended after Steve Evans confirmed that the defender will not be leaving the club.
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is under increasing pressure at Fratton Park after seeing his side fall short in the League One play-offs for a second successive season.
With a whole host of first team regulars leaving the club this summer, Jackett has been expected to bring in some fresh faces to the former Premier League club.
However, little transfer activity has developed with Sean Raggett being the only permanent arrival, whilst Harvey Rew and Eoin Teggart have both been promoted from the club’s under-18 setup.
One potential summer recruit that had emerged over the last few weeks was Gillingham defender Ogilvie, with Jackett keen to improve his defensive options. Indeed, the left-back excelled for the Gills last term, even netting four goals in 33 appearances.
However, despite Jackett’s hopes, Gillingham boss Evans has now confirmed that Ogilvie will not be available, despite only having one-year remaining on his current deal.
Evans has insisted he won’t go anywhere, and even admitted that his side turned down money from a Championship club the defender.
“We turned down money from a Championship club for Connor Ogilvie in January, he is certainly not going anywhere.”
It certainly is not turning out to be a great summer in regards to player recruitment for Portsmouth. A potential third successive failure to gain promotion could have drastic circumstances for the club and Jackett himself.
Just one signing is hardly anything to shout and scream about and you could excuse fans for showing little excitement as the new season emerges.
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