Paul Cook has insisted Darryl Flahavan is still in his thoughts, despite opting to sign Aaron McCarey as Pompey’s goalkeeping cover.
McCarey has joined the Blues on an initial month’s loan from Wolves and goes straight into the side taking on Bristol Rovers tomorrow.
Pompey were forced to embark on a hunt for a new keeper following injuries to senior trio Paul Jones, Brian Murphy and Michael Poke.
Consideration had been given to signing Flahavan, who is training with the Blues while attempting to find another club.
It would have been an emotional return to the club for the 36-year-old, who previously didn’t make an appearance during a 2010-11 stay under Steve Cotterill.
Instead, however, Cook decided to bring in former Republic of Ireland under-21 international McCarey.
It is more simple to solve that problem by having a loanee, then we can look at the next onePaul Cook
Cook said: ‘We considered Darryl Flahavan, very much so, and going forward he is still in our thoughts.
‘But we have three goalkeepers on the books, so taking somebody on the short-term in the likelihood they may go back is good.
‘For Darryl, for example, you can only sign for so many clubs and it gets a little bit more complicated than just helping us out for a short term.
‘It is more simple to solve that problem by having a loanee, then we can look at the next one.’
A free agent can be signed outside the transfer window, however he then cannot join another club until the window has reopened in January.
Meanwhile, Paul Jones is expected to be out for three months after damaging the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.