Paul Cook waits on Pompey loan quartet

Caolan Lavery Picture: Joe Pepler

Caolan Lavery Picture: Joe Pepler

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Paul Cook has yet to make a final decision on the future of his loan quartet.

Matt Clarke, Jayden Stockley and Marc McNulty’s current deals all expire on January 3 – the day after the League Two home clash with Crawley.

I’ve made some decisions on players but you won’t know them yet

Paul Cook

Although Caolan Lavery’s deal ends on January 12 – three days after the FA Cup third-round trip to Ipswich – he has so far been refused to play in the competition by his parent club Sheffield Wednesday.

While Cook presumably knows who he wants to keep, he is not yet in a position to make his intentions public and is keeping his cards close to his chest.

‘I’ve made some decisions on players but you won’t know them yet,’ said the manager

‘I might be 50-50 or I might be 70-30, but you won’t know.

‘When you bring lads in on loan, it’s in our interest to conduct ourselves the way we do.

‘Until we can actually announce something, that’s the way it will be.’

In addition, James Dunne is currently on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge, while Kal Naismith is at Hartlepool.

Both of them are due to play the final games of their spells on January 2, before returning to Fratton Park.

And it remains to be seen whether either will rejoin the Pompey squad, with Cook still keen to reduce the size of his first-team squad when the January window opens.

He said: ‘We want to trim the squad, of course we do.

‘That will be done in January, if possible and if it suits all parties.

‘In an ideal world, that’s what we would be looking to do.

‘But we are also looking to be active in the market.

‘Whether that happens, remains to be seen.

‘We are working towards both.’