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Raggett Raring To Go

Defender can’t wait for football to return

12 May 2020

Sean Raggett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The enforced break from football has only heightened Sean Raggett’s appreciation of his profession.

A looping header against Fleetwood two months ago means the on-loan Norwich defender is the last Pompey player to score a goal.

That 2-2 draw at Fratton Park came just three days before the coronavirus pandemic saw the sport suspended.

And Raggett hopes that the promotion-chasing Blues will have the opportunity to complete the campaign.

He said: “Even during a normal season, after about two weeks off I am always champing at the bit to get back.

“It’s nice having a little break, but a fortnight is good enough for me and so obviously this is all a bit different.

"What this pandemic has done is remind me how short a football career is and how much it should be appreciated."

Sean Raggett

“A lot of people up and down the country are finding it tough and football is certainly not exclusive to that.

“Like most players, though, I would like to come back and have the season finish – when it is safe to do so.

“What this pandemic has done is remind me how short a football career is and how much it should be appreciated.”

Raggett had built up a strong partnership with fellow centre-back Christian Burgess before the season ground to a halt.

He said: “We had a good relationship going and I’m hopeful that we can resurrect that. It’ll be the same for all clubs when you start up again.

“It’s an important area of the pitch and the more you play together, the more you understand the strengths and weaknesses.

“We’ve had a good number of games now and complement each other, although it’s a solid back-line all round.”


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