Awford mulls over future of final four loanees

Marcus Bean. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marcus Bean. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford is weighing up the futures of his remaining loan players following the release of Matt Fish and Alex Wynter.

The defensive pair have returned to their parent clubs after Pompey’s boss decided against renewing their stays.

In Wynter’s case, what was an initial season-long loan has been ended early having fallen out of the first-team picture of late.

That leaves decisions to be made over Paul Robinson, Marcus Bean, Miles Storey and Lee Holmes.

The Blues have made no secret of their desire to retain Robinson, who has no future at Millwall and would be open to an 18-month deal at Fratton Park.

The fates of Bean, Storey and Holmes remain less clear, the latter pair on the bench for yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Luton.

Awford has plenty of thinking to do as he seeks to revamp his squad.

He said: ‘We have not made decisions over the other four yet, that is something we will decide over the next few days.

‘Their loans aren’t up until into January so we still have time to discuss and see what we want to do.

‘They might not want to stay – it’s not just my decision, it’s also theirs.

‘With Matt and Alex, we now have Adam Webster fit, who can play at right-back, while Joe Devera can also play there.

‘I just felt to bring some in we need to start shuffling others out, we have too many players and obviously the loans are the easiest ones to go back.

‘There is no issues with Alex whatsoever, he’s a lovely lad, I have loved working with him and when he first came in did very well for us.

‘I just felt that we needed to change things around slightly.

‘I think will be a very good footballer, I really do, but at this moment in time that is the decision I have to make, it is what I get paid for.

‘For me, there was a need to do something different so there was an opportunity for two to go back and obviously that frees up some budget and some spaces to try to bring others in.

‘There are now four other loans we have got to talk about and sort out – and have a couple of weeks break to try to do some business if we can.’

Wynter made 15 appearances for the Blues following his arrival from Crystal Palace, turning down Colchester in the process.

Despite primarily being a central defender, all his outings came at right-back.

His last match was in the FA Cup defeat at Aldershot and he has failed to make the last five squads.

Fish made three appearances after joining on loan from Gillingham.

– NEIL ALLEN