Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett to weigh up contract offer for James Meredith

Florian Jozefzoon of Brentford is challenged by James Meredith of Millwall  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall at Griffin Park on October 14, 2017 in...

Former Millwall player James Meredith has been training with Portsmouth.

Kenny Jackett the manager

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett says he wants to see James Meredith play reserve matches before deciding whether to offer the former Millwall player a contract at the club, The News reports.

“His situation is that, after maybe 2-3 weeks of training to get up to speed, the back end will then see him play a game or two. We do understand that if something comes up in the meantime then he will speak to the another club, I do see that,” Jackett explained.

“But, similarly, we have to do what is right for this club, which is having a look at him in training and possibly a game or two.”

 

Meredith has been without a club since his release from Millwall this past summer.

The Australian international was a regular for Millwall over the past two years. He made more than 80 Championship appearances but then lost his place towards the end of last season.

The Lions were reluctant to keep him on, prompting Meredith to leave the Den in the summer and move to League One side Portsmouth on trial as he bids to win a contract.

Florian Jozefzoon of Brentford is challenged by James Meredith of Millwall  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall at Griffin Park on October 14, 2017 in...

The 31-year-old is capable of playing at both left-back and left midfield. He would offer Kenny Jackett’s side versatility, covering two positions while his experience should be a good fit at Fratton Park.

Jackett, however, seems to want to take a closer look at the player’s fitness before making a move. The upcoming Hampshire Cup clash against Hawks will be an ideal opportunity to give him minutes.

Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City fouls James Meredith of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Cardiff Cityat The Den on February 9, 2018 in London, England.

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