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Ronan Will Be Ready

Blues forward currently on international duty

24 May 2019

Ronan Curtis
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey have just completed a season that included a record-breaking number of games.

Having lifted a trophy and fallen agonisingly short of promotion, most of the squad are now enjoying a well-earned break.

But one player could still potentially be involved in two more matches before being able to put his feet up.

Ronan Curtis is currently involved in a Republic of Ireland training camp ahead of vital European Championship qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.

And despite having his campaign extended by a few weeks, Kenny Jackett is confident the winger will be ready for Pompey’s pre-season.

The Blues boss said: “We’ll see if he’s involved in those games and then it might be the case that we give him an extra few days.

“We’re out in Dublin in early July and he might be off until then, but this will be more great experience for him.

"He’s an energetic lad and we’ll manage him as we see fit, although I think he’ll be fine for pre-season."

Kenny Jackett

“It was a little unusual last season that he was playing in the Irish league over the summer and then came straight to us.

“But he’s an energetic lad and we’ll manage him as we see fit, although I think he’ll be fine for pre-season.”

One player who will not be back is Dion Donohue, who is being released when his contract expires next month.

Jackett said: “He’s a really talented footballer and we felt he gave us a range of passing that we haven’t had at times.

“Ultimately, the decision was about the injuries and because of them we unfortunately had to let him go.

“It was a tough call and a fresh start might be the best thing for him. We certainly wish Dion all the best for the future.”

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