Former Millwall defender to get match action to try to earn deal from Pompey boss

KENNY Jackett wants to see James Meredith in match action before deciding whether to offer him a deal.

The Australian international has been training with Portsmouth for almost three weeks, after his contract with Millwall was mutually terminated in the summer.

Meredith, 31, could get a chance to impress the former Lions boss in a Hampshire Senior Cup fixture next week.

“There are some games coming up, and that’s the plan with James,” Jackett told The News in Portsmouth.

“His situation is that, after maybe two to three weeks of training to get up to speed, the back end will then see him play a game or two.

“At that point we will be able to reassess him and work James towards full fitness to get the best out of him.

“We do understand that if something comes up in the meantime then he will speak to the another club. I do see that.

“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.

“It’s very difficult to make a decision on a player in one day. Sometimes you have two or three days and maybe need to make a decision.

“At other times you have to set out a plan and tell him what you’ve got to offer – then it’s up to him.’

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John Kelly