Portsmouth sporting director Rich Hughes expects to secure an exit this summer for Denver Hume from Fratton Park, as reported by The Portsmouth News.
The left-back is expected to depart Pompey this summer, with the ex-Sunderland man being previously labelled a want away, with his time at Fratton Park not living up to the expectations on him since joining for a figure in the region of £200,000. Hume joined Portsmouth in January 2022 from Championship side Sunderland, however, the attacking left-back soon found himself becoming a forgotten figure on the South Coast. After nine appearances with the club in his first season following his January switch, a 64-minute run out against Plymouth proved to be the last sight of him in the 21/22 League One season, a prolapsed disc would hinder his season and he would not feature again.
Last season did not prove to be much different either for Hume, with just 11 appearances in League One last season and very little impact, it seems as if the 24-year-old’s time at Fratton Park is coming to an end with none of the hopes that were placed him on him coming to fruition. Nevertheless, Hume has still been part of Portsmouth’s pre-season plans, as he replaced an injured Anthony Scully in the first game of their preparations, which began in Spain this week. The defender was part of 21 players who were used in the fixture, with Pompey taking 26 players in total to the pre-season camp.
Hughes has stated that there has already been interest registered in Hume, who signed in January 2022. And with the defender now entering the final year of his contract, the club are ready to sell and cash in on one of their more expensive signings.
‘I very much suspect Denver will leave this summer. He could well go and do well in different system, he suits playing as a left-wing back and I’m sure he will be fine anywhere he goes next.
‘He trained hard through the back end of last year when he didn’t play, he stepped into the firing line against Morecambe and did well and he feels he needs to be playing on a regular basis.
Hume seemed to be a signing who would make an impact when he left his boyhood club, sadly that has not been the case for the full-back. However, it certainly is not something that is down to him entirely, with injuries hampering his progress with the side, as well as it appearing that the system did not suit him. I have to agree with Hughes that a new system at a new club could benefit him, with a wing-back role allowing him to play the attacking role he is used to.