Striker bids Pompey farewell

Michael Drennan. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Drennan. Picture: Joe Pepler

Michael Drennan will today return to Aston Villa.

Andy Awford has decided against renewing the loan of the striker following a month at Fratton Park.

The 20-year-old made four appearances during his second spell with the Blues – three of which were starts.

But Awford opted against including Drennan in his match-day squad for last night’s 3-2 win over Stevenage.

He will now go back to Villa Park as he attempts to convince the Premier League club he has a future there.

As for Pompey, Saturday’s defeat at Bury proved to be his final outing for the club.

And Awford conceded the loan didn’t fare as well as he had hoped.

He said: ‘It didn’t work with Drenno unfortunately.

‘Michael’s loan is up tomorrow and we won’t be extending it, so he will go back today.

‘I spoke to him yesterday and unfortunately we are not quite playing the way to suit him, so I am not going to keep him.

‘I think Michael is a very good player, I really do, but the way we are playing at the moment is not going to suit him.

‘There is no point him staying as a loan player if he is not going to play.’

Drennan scored three times in 10 matches during his loan spell at Pompey last season.

And after marking his return as a substitute at Hartlepool, he started the next three league matches.

But he failed to get on the scoresheet at a time when goals have been hard to come by and never completed a match.

And with Awford having a rethink, his loan has not been extended.