Defender Sean Raggett has reportedly held talks with Gillingham as well as interest from Oxford United and Portsmouth following his release from Norwich City, as reported by D3D4.
Raggett made 26 appearances for Pompey last season in a campaign which saw the Blues’ promotion hopes ended in the Playoff semi-finals against Oxford United. The 26-year-old arguably made a name for himself after signing for the then National League outfit Lincoln City where he made 76 appearances across two seasons. Raggett was part of the notorious FA Cup run in 2016-17 where the Imps became the first Non-League side to reach the Quater-Finals in 103 years. The defender also scored the goal in the 1-0 win against Premier League Burnley which sent Lincoln through to the last eight of the competition.
The 6ft 5in centre-back struggled to break into the Norwich first-team after joining the Canaries in 2017 however, making just two appearances in his spell at Carrow Road. Raggett has also managed seven appearances in the Championship on-loan at Rotherham in 2017-18 but injuries forced him to be recalled prematurely.
The Kent-born man was a key part to Portsmouth’s defensive set-up last season, particularly towards the end of the campaign where a strong partnership with Christian Burgess was formed. This centre-back pairing created a sturdy back-line for the Blues as only nine goals were conceded in the final 13 games of the season which helped Pompey secure a playoff place.
It is for this reason that Portsmouth will want to bring the 26-year-old back to Fratton Park on a permanent deal and fight off competition for him. Despite this, Gillingham appear to be leading the race as Raggett has already had talks with his hometown club who will be looking to tighten their defence in search of a playoff spot next season. Further competition from Oxford United, who will be potentially looking for a replacement for the highly sought-after Rob Dickie has made Raggett a man in demand.
Sean Raggett has proved he is an adequate defender at League One level with his tidy performances last year. He is good in the air making him a threat in both boxes and reads the game well which helped make Pompey tough to beat last term. Therefore, he would be a good signing for Portsmouth as their defence was one of their strong points last season. Pompey arguably need to look to improve their creative play next season which fans have not shied away from criticising manager Kenny Jackett for in order to win promotion, however.
Gillingham will be looking to sneak into the playoffs next season after an impressive 10th place finish and the capture of Raggett would certainly help tighten up their defence. It is therefore no surprise the Gills have already held talks to try and lure Raggett back to Kent as this signing would boost their playoff chances next season.
Despite Raggett’s defensive capabilities, his ball playing ability has been questioned in the past. This could put Oxford off the 26-year-old as they have a very different style of play to Pompey, who used a more direct approach. Therefore, Raggett would not be a ‘replacement’ for Dickie who played a key part in the playing from the back system. This means Raggett would definitely fit into Pompey’s style of play better and this was proved last season.