Transfer : Derry City – Portsmouth
Transfer : Derry City – Portsmouth
Pompey have reached an agreement with Derry City to sign Ronan Curtis.
The 22-year-old winger has penned a pre-contract two-year deal and is set to officially become a Blues player on June 9 when the international transfer window reopens.
Curtis – who has represented Republic of Ireland up to under-21 level – will join for an undisclosed fee.
Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “He’s someone we’ve tracked for the past few months. He’s got a lot of pace and power, and is good in the air as well, so we’re really pleased to bring him here.”
Kal Naismith and Nicke Kabamba
End Of Contract
Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Jez Bedford, Nicke Kabamba and Theo Widdrington will be released following the expiration of their contracts this summer.
The club have also been unable to reach agreement with Kal Naismith over a new deal and he has decided to pursue options elsewhere.
We would like to thank all those players for their service to the club and wish them well for the future.
Pompey have chosen to take up the option of a new deal for goalkeeper Alex Bass and defender Brandon Haunstrup, and are also talking with Adam May about a new contract for the midfielder.
The club are also in discussions with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain about extending his contract as he recovers from a broken leg.
Christian Burgess, Conor Chaplin, Matt Clarke, Ben Close, Dion Donohue, Gareth Evans, Oliver Hawkins, Jamal Lowe, Luke McGee, Brett Pitman, Danny Rose, Nathan Thompson and Jack Whatmough are all still under contract.
Sylvain Deslandes, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Stephen Henderson, Matty Kennedy, Stuart O’Keefe, Connor Ronan and Anton Walkes have returned to their parent clubs following the end of their loan deals at Fratton Park and we thank them for their contributions.
Loan : Nottingham Forest – Portsmouth
Stephen Henderson has returned to Pompey in a loan deal from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper made 27 appearances after joining the Blues in the summer of 2011, but financial problems saw him shipped out to West Ham eight months later.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “I’m delighted to bring Stephen in. His experience will be vital in a young squad, as we enter the crucial final third of the season and push for the top six.”
Henderson started his career at Aston Villa and then played for Bristol City prior to his first stint at Fratton Park.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international left the Hammers to join Charlton in 2014, moving to Forest two years later.
Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Kyle Bennett has left the club by mutual consent
The 27-year-old winger netted 13 goals in 117 appearances after signing from Doncaster in the summer of 2015.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We have a number of wide players available in our squad and Kyle wasn’t getting the game-time that he wanted.
“But we wish him all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for everything that he’s done for Portsmouth Football Club.”
Bennett scored six times last season as Pompey secured the League Two title, finding the target in the 6-1 rout of Cheltenham on the final day.
Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Milan Lalkovic has left the club by mutual consent.
The 25-year-old Slovakian winger netted one goal in 18 appearances after joining Pompey from Walsall in the summer of 2016.
He featured in a 1-1 draw with his former club at the start of the current campaign, but has recently been sidelined with an Achilles problem.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Milan has been unfortunate with injuries this season, but has been nothing but professional since I’ve been working with him.
“We have a number of options in that area of the pitch, so we felt it best for both parties if he moved on.
“But we thank Milan for all his efforts and wish him well in the next stage of his football career.”
Lalkovic began his career with Chelsea and spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish side Ross County.
Loan : Tottenham Hotspur – Portsmouth
Anton Walkes is looking to continue his football education on the south coast.
The 20-year old loan capture from Tottenham – who will wear the number two shirt – has joined Pompey for the remainder of the season.
He spent most of last year Stateside with the Georgia-based Atlanta United, netting twice in 23 appearances.
Now a player who is comfortable in midfield or at the back wants to assist the Blues in climbing the League One table.
Walkes said: “I’m going to enjoy my time here and am looking forward to being involved and helping the team.
“This is a great club with a lot of history and it’s giving me a chance to improve as a young man.
“First team football is so important in the early stages of your career, so hopefully I can get plenty of minutes and impose myself here.
“My favourite position has been in the middle of the park, but I’ve learnt a lot on the defensive side and really just enjoy being out on the pitch.”
Walkes helped the newly-formed Atlanta reach the MLS play-offs last season and enjoyed the experience.
He said: “They are an expansion team, so needed numbers. It turned out to be outstanding for me and I want to show what I’ve learnt.
“You’re miles from home and out of your comfort zone, so hopefully that’s helped me to mature.
“It’s an unbelievable standard out there, with top quality players, coaches and facilities. You can’t fault it.”
Loan : Portsmouth – Aldershot Town
Nicke Kabamba has joined Aldershot on loan for the rest of the season.
The 24-year-old striker will be looking to help the Hampshire outfit continue their quest for National League promotion.
They currently sit second in the standings, leading the pack chasing table-topping Macclesfield ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dover.
Kabamba joined Pompey from Hampton & Richmond last January and has made six appearances for the club.
He played 10 times for League Two side Colchester during a loan spell in the first half of the campaign.
Connor Ronan / Sylvain Deslandes
Loan : Wolves – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed Wolves duo Sylvain Deslandes and Connor Ronan on loan for the remainder of the season.
Defender Deslandes – who can play at left-back or in a more central role – is a 20-year-old who has represented France up to under-20 level and featured eight times for the Molineux outfit.
Republic of Ireland youth international Ronan, 19, is a midfielder who has played 13 first team games for Wolves.
He has appeared three times for them in the Championship this term, including in away victories at Derby and Burton.
Both players featured for Wolves against Pompey in the under-23 Premier League Cup competition last season.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We’re short on natural players at the back currently, so Sylvain can hopefully help us continue our excellent defensive record this season.
“Connor’s strength is his creativity, while he also has pace and vision on the ball. He’s someone I rate very highly and has a bright future in the game.
“I worked with both of them during my time Wolves and am pleased to link up with them once again.
“We’ve given them an excellent opportunity to play for Pompey and help us progress during the second half of the campaign.”
Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Curtis Main has left the club by mutual consent.
The 25-year-old striker has now signed for Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell.
He netted six goals in 23 appearances after arriving at Fratton Park from Doncaster in the summer of 2016.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We all felt that it was best for his future to take this great opportunity to join Motherwell.
“Various injuries have disrupted Curtis’ time at Pompey, while the arrivals of Brett Pitman and Oliver Hawkins have also limited his time on the pitch.
“But we thank him for everything he’s done for this club and wish him all the best for the future.”
Main played nine times this term, scoring the winner at Charlton to ensure Pompey finished top of their Checkatrade Trophy group.
Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Drew Talbot has left the club by mutual consent.
The 31-year-old full-back made 14 appearances after arriving from Chesterfield in the summer of 2016.
He featured seven times this season, including in the 2-0 victory over Rochdale at Fratton Park on the opening day.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Drew’s intention is to head back north and I’m sure we’ll see him settle with a new club in January.
“We wish him well for the future and thank him for everything he’s done during his time with Pompey.
“In my short time working with him, I found Drew to be a first class professional and also a very good man.”
Loan : Cardiff City – Portsmouth
Pompey have signed Matty Kennedy from Cardiff on a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.
The Scottish winger becomes the fourth deadline day arrival at Fratton Park, following the captures of Oliver Hawkins, Stuart O’Keefe and Damien McCrory.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “Matty’s a very skilful attacking midfielder with the great ability to go past players.
“He also has a good record of assists and will be able to provide for our strikers with quality crosses.
“He played against us in the Carabao Cup and produced an impressive performance, so I’m sure he’ll be a very effective player for us.”
Kennedy began his career with Kilmarnock and had a spell at Everton before signing for Cardiff in February 2015.
He appeared in three games for the Welsh outfit this season – including August’s cup clash – and has represented Scotland up to under-21 level.
Loan : Portsmouth – Colchester United
Nicke Kabamba has joined Colchester on loan until January.
The 24-year-old striker has made six appearances since joining Pompey from Hampton & Richmond in January.
Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “In terms of League football he’s still very young.
“This move gives him the opportunity to play some senior games and continue his route towards the Pompey first team.”