, Opinion: Portsmouth man has earned contract extension after stepping into huge gap

Opinion: Portsmouth man has earned contract extension after stepping into huge gap

Portsmouth suffered a huge blow when Regan Poole saw his season brought to a premature end by an ACL injury in November.

Portsmouth had signed Poole from Lincoln City in the summer transfer window. He looked to be a coup for Pompey upon arrival, and it didn’t take long for the Welshman to lock down his starting spot.

He quickly endeared himself to fans in the process, but his momentum was stunted when forced off in the early stages of the FA Cup loss to Chesterfield. It was confirmed he had a suffered season-ending ACL tear after, dealing a big blow to John Mousinho and co.

It was long-serving centre-back Sean Raggett who replaced him on that day and since then, the 30-year-old has started all but one League One game. His presence has hugely softened the blow dealt by Poole’s injury, and it’s something he deserves to be rewarded for.

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, Opinion: Portsmouth man has earned contract extension after stepping into huge gap

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The former Lincoln City and Norwich City centre-back has been with Pompey since the summer of 2019, joining on loan before a permanent switch the following summer. He’s now played 233 games for the League One club, with perhaps more than expected coming in the current campaign.

His contract runs out this summer. It’s something Raggett has said he’s paying little attention to as he bids to lead Portsmouth to a long-awaited promotion to the Championship.

That said, it will be a point of focus among supporters, and it’s something the club can address. Decisions over player futures may not be made until next season’s division is confirmed but regardless of how the season ends, Pompey should be offering Raggett a new contract.

The way he has stepped into the team in place of Poole has been key to the continuation of their promotion bid. He stayed ready both physically and mentally to come in and thrive when called upon, and he’s done just that.

It deserves to be rewarded with new terms, though time will tell just what decision is made as the end of the campaign nears.

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