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Portsmouth’s quest: Locking in right-back talent amidst looming double exit

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Portsmouth could be looking for two new right-backs this summer, with Zak Swanson and Joe Rafferty’s contracts coming to an end.
Portsmouth had some difficult decisions to make when confirming their retained list earlier this summer, and their selections at the right-back position aroused questions among the fan base.

It was confirmed that Joe Rafferty would not be offered a new contract when the club returned to the Championship. In addition, the 12-month option in Zak Swanson’s contract was not exercised, however negotiations have persisted.

Pompey could be looking for two new right-backs during the summer transfer window.

Portsmouth should consider these three possibilities when planning its recruitment strategy.

Jamie Shackleton – Leeds United

Shackleton, 24, will see his contract with Leeds United expire this summer, and regardless of how their play-off campaign goes, he might benefit from a move elsewhere.

He’s struggled with injuries at times, but when healthy, he’s remained on the margins of the squad. However, for a team like Portsmouth, his Championship experience and versatility may be quite beneficial.

As a right-wing and midfield alternative, he might be one of the shrewder free transfer additions this summer.

Jeremy Ngakia – Watford

It was believed early this year that Ngakia had signed a new contract with Watford, but no official confirmation has been made. The former West Ham player hasn’t played much for Tom Cleverley either.

Time will tell what happens with his contract situation, but with his terms expiring this summer, he might be a player to keep an eye on if he leaves Vicarage Road.

Ngakia can play as a right or left back.

Brodie Spencer – Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town will most certainly be raided for some of their top players this summer, and Spencer is undoubtedly one of their most promising young players. With his contract expiring in 2025, it could be the Terriers’ final opportunity to cash in.

He may not be the cheapest signing, but with Championship and Scottish Premiership experience, the 20-year-old Northern Ireland international is ready to make the step up to the second tier.

Spencer would be an excellent addition for Portsmouth, but it would not be surprising if he drew interest from higher-level clubs.

 

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