Pompey in Sullivan talks

John Sullivan is considered surplus to requirements at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler
John Sullivan is considered surplus to requirements at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey are closing in on a settlement with John Sullivan to rip up his contract.

The out-of-favour keeper still has another 12 months on the deal he signed under former boss Guy Whittingham last summer.

But the 26-year-old is surplus to requirements at Fratton Park and both parties are keen for an early exit.

Sullivan has been earmarked to be moved out long before yesterday’s recruitment of Paul Jones, while the Blues are currently also seeking a second goalkeeper to add to their squad.

The former Charlton stopper is currently on holiday in America, but negotiations with his representatives over his departure have continued in his absence.

Once ratified it will end an unhappy 12 months for Sullivan, who despite being popular among his team-mates, struggled to establish himself in the Pompey first team.

Sullivan had been recruited by Whittingham following Simon Eastwood’s late decision to back out of a tabled Blues deal to join Blackburn.

Released by Charlton, he arrived at Fratton Park to compete for the No1 jersey with the retained Phil Smith – the duo perceived by Pompey’s then boss as neck-and-neck right until the opening game of the League Two season.

Sullivan got the nod for the opener against Oxford, which resulted in a 4-1 Fratton defeat – although, would appear just six more times.

After losing his spot to Smith for the subsequent four matches, Sullivan returned to the side following his rival’s error to gift Mansfield a point in a 2-2 draw.

But following the abject 4-1 defeat at York on September 28, 2013, he never played for Pompey again.

That result also signalled the arrival of Trevor Carson on loan from Bury for the remainder of the season, while Dave Coles was brought in to replace Alan Knight as goalkeeping coach.

Sullivan later join Cambridge on loan in January and featured for five matches, before returning to Fratton Park before the end of the season.

Now both parties are seeking a mutually-beneficial farewell.