Former Pompey Man Heads Back to Fratton Park

AUSSIE international Ryan Williams has agreed to sign a two-year-deal at Pompey – four years after he left Fratton Park to sign for Barnsley.

The 25-year-old winger joined Portsmouth as a 16-year-old trainee, working his way through to the first team and making his debut in the 2011/12 season.

After a handful of substitute appearances, Williams headed out on loan to seek regular football, eventually signing for Barnsley in the summer of 2015.

He has been at Rotherham for the last two years, making 88 appearances, and earlier this month made his debut for the Australian national team.

He is the latest addition as Kenny Jackett continues his summer rebuilding programme, following defenders James Bolton and Paul Downing, and forward Ellis Harrison to Fratton Park.

Speaking to the club’s official website,, Jackett said: “Ryan is out of contract and we’re pleased that he’s chosen Pompey.

“He’s an attacking winger who can play on either side and ensures we have good competition in that area.

“He speaks very fondly of this club and has continued to follow them. He’s delighted to come back and is doing so in his prime.”

Meanwhile, Jamal Lowe remains a Pompey player despite interest in the winger from a host of clubs. Millwall and Wigan are reported to have had bids for last season’s top scorer turned down.

Lowe is keen to test himself at a higher level but until a club meets Pompey’s valuation, he will remain at Fratton Park.