Awford: We’ve struggled for player interest

Patrick Agyemang Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford admits he has drawn a blank in his efforts to ship more unwanted players out of Fratton Park.

More than two weeks into the January transfer window and there are no fresh takers for his out-of-favour Pompey players.

Of those permanently contracted to the club, only Ricky Holmes has departed, after he joined Northampton on loan on January 2.

Awford is eager to offload more of his squad – and those available have been distributed to all clubs in leagues one and two.

The Blues boss has declined to reveal the names on his list, although it is understood to contain Patrick Agyemang and David Connolly among others.

Separately, Danny East, Nick Awford and Ben Close are some who have made available for loan moves.

East has attracted interest and is expected to leave Fratton Park on loan today in a bid to aid his recovery from injury.

But as Awford seeks to revamp his top-heavy squad, there has been an absence of enquiries for senior players.

‘I’m still looking to shift a few, but we’ve had no enquiries for any more as yet,’ said Awford.

‘On a day-to-day basis, managing them is a factor and you can only pick 18 every week. If they aren’t playing football every week for me, go and play somewhere else – that was what it was like with Ricky (Holmes).

‘We’ve informed the players, you don’t want them to hear second hand, which is wrong, then you circulate their names.

‘You send their profiles into the Football League and they then email that to the club secretary of every single football club you want.

‘You can stipulate whether you want it sent to the Premier League, Championship, League One or League Two, wherever.

‘So, from there, it gets passed on to me – and you can imagine my email box, I get them on a daily basis.

‘There could be 50 clubs who feel Portsmouth might be interested in their players.

‘But so far none are interested in ours.’

Lee Holmes, Miles Storey, Alex Wynter, Matt Fish and Marcus Bean have all left in the past few weeks following loan spells.

Wynter has since signed an 18-month deal at Colchester, while Fish has linked up with non-league Ebbsfleet in a permanent move.

As for Bean, he rejected a short-term contract at Fratton Park to join Wycombe, making his debut in their 1-0 win over York at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Agyemang has returned following an unsuccessful loan spell at Dagenham & Redbridge.

The powerful striker has not appeared since the FA Cup defeat at Aldershot and is out of contract this summer.

Awford added: ‘I’ve made no secret of the fact some need to go out.

‘Ricky happened and Jack Maloney is currently out at Poole. It was the same when Pat went to Dagenham.

‘How it works is people at other clubs will get injured or someone will get beat and they will feel they want to do something. So it can change.’