The futures of three Portsmouth midfielders is up in the air after they failed to travel to the Algarve on a team bonding trip.
Club captain Johnny Ertl, fan favourite James Dunne and winger Andy Barcham were all left behind in England by Paul Cook as he seeks to build a promotion-winning side. Target Michael Doyle also failed to travel with the club currently unable to tie up a deal.
Ertl is reportedly in negotiations to tear up his contract with Chief Executive Mark Catlin while Barcham is close to agreeing terms with AFC Wimbledon and Dunne is staring a departure in the face despite an impressive debut season. Ertl has previously been keen to prove his worth at Fratton Park having told the Portsmouth News in April:
“There is no such thing for me to give up. Whoever knows me will tell you I always give 100 per cent and am here to also help the club moving onwards. I love it here, it is my club.”
Cook currently has a midfield heavy squad having signed Adam Barton from Coventry with Ben Close, captain Ertl, Nigel Atangana, Danny Hollands and Dunne already on the squad list. The Blues will spend the next six days in the sun before returning to the South Coast.