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The full low-down on Pompey’s trialists – Part 3

Pompey continue to piece together a squad for the start of the League One season, and during Pompey’s pre-season friendly against Aldershot on Wednesday evening, we fielded five more trialists. Here’s all you need to know about them….

Glen Morris – The 28-year-old goalkeeper was released by former club Southend United in the summer after a two year spell at the club, making 64 appearances. Morris started his career at Leyton Orient and went on to spend nine years at the Matchroom Stadium but only making 124 appearances.

Morris is 6ft and was born in Woolwich, London.

Morris has now caught the eye of Michael Appleton, giving him a chance to impress in the Pompey goal after deciding to cut short David Preece’s trial at Pompey. He joins Simon Eastwood as the two contending goalkeepers on trial.

Josh Thompson - A 21-year-old defender currently playing for Scottish champions Celtic, Thompson still has a year left on his current contract at Celtic Park but is looking for a move away after falling out of favour with manager Neil Lennon.

Sky Sports were even reporting last month that Thompson is being chased by a number of Championship and League One clubs after impressing during loan-spells at Chesterfield and Peterborough last season – although he never made an appearance for the Posh.

The 6ft3in Englishman is a highly rated defender and has made 21 appearances for Celtic, after joining from Stockport County – the club with which he started his career. Thompson even had trials at Man Utd and West Brom, as well as making five appearances for the England u-21s.

He is another player to be given a run-out against Aldershot on Wednesday night and looked useful.

Agonite Sallaj – The Albanian defender will be an unknown to most of the Fratton faithful. Born in Kosovo, the 20-year-old owned by Neuchâtel Xamax but loaned out to Swiss side FC Biel-Bienne, is a Albania under-21 international.

He is a right-footed centre-back and has already represented his national side at senior level. Valued at around £275,000, the defender was given a run out by Appleton during the game at Aldershot and looked pretty tidy.

Kieran Djilali – Having been released from the MK Dons after suffering a large hamstring injury following a move from Crystal Palace, Djilali even took up cricket recently, scoring 26 runs not-out during Southern Railway Kenley’s match against Old Hamptonians.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Selhurst Park, even going on trial at Manchester United before breaking in to the Palace first team. Making his Palace debut at the age of 17, Djilali then went on to make 28 first team appearances, whilst also being loaned-out to Crawley Town and Chesterfield to gain experience.

Those Pompey fans with a good memory and eye for detail will remember Djilali featuring twice for Palace during the 2010/11 season in the Championship. He played the full 90-minutes during the Carling Cup fixture which Pompey eventually won on penalties, and then again played the full match in Pompey’s 4-1 loss to Palace in the league just weeks later.

Djilali has some vital Football League experience which could be valuable to Pompey’s young midfield, whilst he also helped Chesterfield to the League Two title in the 2010/11 season during a loan-spell.

Jack Compton – A 23-year-old left midfielder. Compton came on as a second-half substitute after being taken on trial by Pompey this week.

A familiar player to Pompey boss Appleton as Compton started his career coming through the ranks of the West Brom academy, although never making a first team appearance.

Although only 23-years-old, Compton could be described as somewhat of a journeyman, having played for no-less than nine sides. Compton was originally a product of the Portsmouth academy but moved on to West Brom before graduating.

Compton was born and bred in Portsmouth, and having seen Joel Ward leave this summer, it would be nice to get another homegrown senior player back in the side. Havant & Waterlooville even picked up Compton during the 2008/09 season.

After heading up to St Johnstone for a loan-spell from parent club Falkirk, Compton is now looking to return to the club he left as a youngster.

For the full low-down on the rest of the players click Part 1 or Part 2.

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