Striker expected for Pompey training return

David Connolly. Picture: Sarah Standing (131975-2243)
David Connolly. Picture: Sarah Standing (131975-2243)
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David Connolly is expected to be present for

Pompey’s return to pre-season training tomorrow.

But it seems the veteran striker still has a bleak future as far as his Blues career is concerned.

Out of favour under former boss Richie Barker, he spent the second half of last season on loan at Oxford.

Now Andy Awford is at the helm, and with a major squad overhaul under way, Connolly’s ongoing presence is a massive doubt.

Regardless, he is set to be in attendance when Awford’s squad come back in for training tomorrow morning.

All contracted players – including the 37-year-old – have been told to report to facilities at the University of Portsmouth while work progresses at Roko.

Numbers will include summer recruits Danny Hollands, Craig Westcarr, Paul Jones, Nigel Atangana, Michael Poke and James Dunne.

But the expected attendance of Connolly intrigues at a time when three players have had their contracts cancelled by mutual consent this summer.

Yesterday, Romain Padovani became the latest when he departed with 12 months remaining on his Fratton Park deal.

He has since joined French lower division side Fréjus Saint-Raphaël on a two-year contract.

John Sullivan and Simon Ferry have also left, although for very different reasons, as the squad size is reduced.

Connolly, who has 12 months left on his existing Blues contract, has scored 12 goals in 37 games for the club.

He netted four times in 16 appearances for Oxford but could not help them maintain their promotion push.

Now he is back at Pompey seeking the opportunity to challenge for first-team football.

– NEIL ALLEN