One exit and two loan departures for Pompey

Ryan Bird, left, is heading out on loan. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Bird, left, is heading out on loan. Picture: Joe Pepler

James Harper has ended his training stint with Pompey and left.

Meanwhile, Adam Webster and Ryan Bird are set to today depart the Blues on loan deals lasting until the end of the campaign.

Richie Barker had initially cast his eye over midfielder Harper with the possibility of snapping him up on a free transfer following his Doncaster release.

However, no move materialised and the 33-year-old continued to train with the Blues.

Harper finished at the club on Friday, although Barker is unsure of the Reading man’s next stop.

And the Blues boss was quick to praise the presence of the player following his two weeks at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘James has gone now. He has left because we said to him at the time that there were no more (development) games coming up.

‘To be fair to James he had already said “you concentrate on what you need to do, if you have got things you need to work on in training don’t worry about me”.

‘He was as good as gold on Friday and turned up and said “what do you want me to do?”

‘It wasn’t about him, he had no concept other than helping people.

‘He had no ideas of coming in and changing anything.

‘I’m not sure where he is now, Steve (Coppell) has not said anything. If anybody would know he would.’

Joining Harper exiting Pompey, albeit strictly temporarily, are Webster and Bird.

The News understands the duo will today complete loan arrangements with different Skrill Premier clubs in a bid for regular first-team football.

Webster had returned to Fratton Park at the turn of the year following a highly-successful loan spell with Aldershot. The 19-year-old made 21 appearances for the Shots, playing in the centre of defence alongside Barker’s brother, Chris.

He came back to Pompey nursing a slight hamstring strain but has been back in training for several weeks now and appeared in a development game against AFC Wimbledon.

However, the arrival of Ben Chorley has increased competition in the centre of defence, while Joe Devera continues to turn around his Pompey career.

It left the opportunity of matches for Webster bleak and instead it has been decided he will go out again on loan.

Bird has started two games for Pompey under Barker, although failed to make the squad for the Mansfield fixture last weekend.

With Jake Jervis and Ryan Taylor arriving, the Blues manager feels he has greater options up front.

Bird previously went on loan to the Hawks in September, making three appearances.