Portsmouth defender Denver Hume is set to finally secure a move to Grimsby Town, according to journalist Andrew Moon on X.
Hume saw a summer window loan move to Blundell Park collapse at the last minute and was subsequently given hope of fighting for a place in the Pompey first team when he was included on the official squad list. Any renewed hope the left-back may have had of resurrecting his Fratton Park career has since been dashed and he is yet to make a league appearance for the top-of-the-table side.
At the time, chief executive Andy Cullen was quoted in The News as saying, “On deadline day we were trying to see if we could get a deal sorted for Denver Hume, but there wasn’t anything there really appealing to the club to do something. That’s fine and he is part of our squad list which has been submitted – and is part of the next few months here at least.”
Former boss Danny Cowley brought the former Sunderland man south in a deal worth a reported £200,000 in January 2022. Hume, who was seen as the present and the future of Pompey, has struggled since the move and has been restricted to just 31 appearances for the club.
Although no potential fee or structuring of the deal has been mentioned, with Hume’s contract set to expire in the summer (Portsmouth reportedly hold a one-year extension option) the Fratton Park outfit will have to brace themselves for a substantial financial loss on this transfer.
The writing has been on the wall for Denver Hume for a long time regarding his Portsmouth future. You only need to read the quote given earlier in the season by the chief executive.
It will be interesting to see the financial structure of the deal and how the deal now appeals to Portsmouth when a previous move to Grimsby did not. Should he join Grimsby, Hume will need to dislodge Anthony Driscoll-Glennon from the left-back slot to get a run of games.
This has the potential to be a good move for the left-back as you would imagine David Artell will be looking to build his own team at Blundell Park next season and the signing of a player who showed such potential and will be desperate to get their career going again could just be the start of that.