There was plenty of action at Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day, with plenty of players coming in and going out. One that fitted into the second category was goalkeeper Stephen Henderson. The Irish goalkeeper headed back to former club Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season.
It did however seem an odd move from the player who is on the hunt for regular first-team football. Portsmouth have the very impressive former Tottenham goalkeeper Luke McGee between the sticks and he has been performing well for the club. Henderson therefore looked set for a stint on the bench, but in the league below.
Luke McGee of Portsmouth in action during the Checkatrade Trophy Round 2 match between Portsmouth and Northampton Town at Fratton Park on December 2, 2017 in Portsmouth, England.
However, the Nottingham Forest loanee has been handed a big boost today as it seems he will be going straight in as number one.
“We’ve gone through with two young goalkeepers and it’s an experienced position.
“For Luke, I’ve been pleased with him but sometimes you need to take a step back to go two forward. That will be the case with him.
“We’ve been reliant on two young keepers across the first half of the season, and we did want to change that.”
It is obviously a blow for McGee but Jackett clearly feels experience is the way to go and the Forest loanee is all set to benefit.
Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at Sixfields on September 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.
Henderson has struggled for first-team football at Forest since his move to the City Ground from Charlton Athletic in 2016. After initially usurping Vladimir Stojkovic as the number one he picked up an injury and when he returned to fitness could not shift youngster Jordan Smith from the starting role.
Portsmouth are in a promotion hunt and Henderson would love to help his former team get back into the second tier of English football and move permanently back to Fratton Park, where he could take on his former employers at the City Ground.