Portsmouth have signed Cardiff City winger Matty Kennedy on a season-long loan subject to international clearance, the club have announced on their website.

The 22-year-old has made 18 appearances for the Bluebirds with half of those appearances coming from the bench. The Scotsman impressed last season on loan at Plymouth Argyle, going on to score five times in 17 appearances as he helped the Pilgrims to promotion to League One.

He scored in three of his first four games in Devon, scoring in successive games against Exeter City, Leyton Orient and Blackpool as well as later scoring two in the 6-1 demolition of Newport County in which Plymouth secured promotion to League One.

Kennedy began his career with Kilmarnock and had a spell at Everton before signing for Cardiff in February 2015. He would later join Port Vale on loan going on to make 12 appearances during the 2015/16 season, scoring no goals in the process.

Portsmouth were left short in the midfield department with Gary Roberts, Carl Baker and Michael Smith joining Wigan, Coventry and Bury during the summer and the tricky winger fitted the bill with the Scot looking to make the step up and prove his quality at a higher level in the Football League.

Kennedy caught the eye of manager Kenny Jackett during Pompey’s 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in the Carabao Cup earlier in August. The Scottish winger becomes the fourth deadline day arrival at Fratton Park, following the signings of Oliver Hawkins, Stuart O’Keefe and Damien McCrory as the club announced shortly after that the signing would be their final of the transfer window.

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