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Pompey lifted the League One title to book their spot in the second-tier for the 2024/25 campaign, but some tough decisions were made when they confirmed their retained list.

seasoned center back The club let go of Joe Rafferty, a fan favorite, as well as Sean Raggett. The Fratton Park supporters were taken aback by both players’ exits, but since their contracts are up, they are free to sign with other teams.

Currently, both of the outgoing Portsmouth stars are attracting early interest, probably to no one’s surprise.

Both Raggett and Rafferty voiced their disappointment in speaking to The News about their Pompey exits, but neither is in a haste to reveal their next moves since supporters are developing quickly.

Raggett said:

“There have been bits of interest so far, but it’s still very early. I think everything will go fine, although it’s still so early in the off-season.

“I don’t get too worried about it anyway,” he added. “I’ll get a place that I’ll be happy with. I’ll see what options come up and go with it.

“Some are more appealing than others, you just have to weigh everything up.”

On his situation, rumoured Wigan Athletic target Rafferty said:

“I’m waiting on something being concrete and then going from there.

“There has been a bit of interest here and there so far. As soon as I find a new home then basically we’ll have to pack up and leave.”

Interest is hardly surprising.
Given their prominent roles in a Portsmouth team that won a championship, it’s understandable why both Raggett and Rafferty have attracted attention before the summer transfer window opens.
These are some of the smartest additions any club could make this summer, coming from Fratton Park as free agents.

One would assume that League One is where both would most likely end up. They both have the ability to play important roles at the same level for some time to come, but a fall to the fourth division would be unexpected and would represent a significant coup.

tall center back Playing 44 games in all competitions the previous season, Raggett skillfully returned to the team following Regan Poole’s season-ending injury. During Zak Swanson’s injury woes, Rafferty saw consistent involvement as well, establishing himself as a dependable presence on the right with four assists in 42 games.

Valuable to retain at Pompey?
It goes without saying that promotion necessitates change. Approaching a crucial summer transfer window, John Mousinho and the Portsmouth administration will be well aware of that.

Nonetheless, a lot of people contend that two players that ought to have been kept on were Raggett and Rafferty.

Many would argue that the long-serving leader, who was instrumental in the team’s eventual return to the Championship, should have been given the opportunity to represent the team at that level as well.

Rafferty meanwhile is a player with second-tier experience as well as a dependable figure at right-back. He’s been a key member of the dressing room, but his position is one that looks set to be changed with Swanson’s future also up in the air.

While Portsmouth will see them move on though, those showing early interest are sure to benefit.

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