Portsmouth Defender Set For Move Abroad?

Released Portsmouth defender Clark Robertson is in talks with recently promoted Israel side Maccabi Petah Tikva, following his departure from Fratton Park, according to reports from the Daily Record.

The 29-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Pompey, even wearing the captain’s armband at times. However, due to injury-plagued seasons, Robertson has struggled to consistently play over the last few years leading to his release from the League One club.

Who Is Clark Robertson?

Joining Portsmouth from Championship side Rotherham, the defender quickly made an impression in the dressing room during his short spell with the club, operating as a leader amongst the players.

Signing under previous manager Danny Cowley, the former Blackpool man struggled with injuries during his time at the club, and never got to consistently show his ability under new boss John Mousinho to warrant a new deal.

Has He Outgrown The EFL?

Robertson has spent the past eight years competing across all three EFL divisions, however, now looks set for a different challenge. Failing to play in more than 30 league games the last five seasons, availability has been hard to come by for the Scotsman and may be a reason why a move is on the cards.

What’s In Israel For Him?

With promotions and relegations on his CV, Robertson has done a lot whilst playing in the Football League, so a new fresh challenge could tempt him to Eastern Europe. With Maccabi Petah Tikva coming off a title-winning season, they will be competing in the Israeli Premier League next campaign, which has the potential to offer European football.

Writer’s View

This reported interest doesn’t come as a surprise to me as I viewed Robertson’s time in the EFL in the twilight. A player’s best ability is availability, and with the defender struggling to offer that for the last half a decade, it was clear he needed a fresh start somewhere else.

There’s no debating his ability to play at the top of League One or even the Championship, but in new surroundings and with the potential to fight for a different competition, I can see the pros to this move for the player. 

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