More trialists join Pompey

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David Preece is without a club since leaving Barnsley
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David Preece is without a club since leaving Barnsley

Portsmouth have taken on three more trialists at their training camp in Spain.

French midfielder Julien Lopez, Greek defender Sotoris Balafas and ex-Barnsley keeper David Preece are to link up with the Pompey squad.

They will join the eight original trialists, including Izale McLeod and Brian Howard, in attempting to impress manager Michael Appleton - who has left all his seniors players at home in the hope they can be sold to ease the club's financial worries.

Appleton told The News: "Julien looks sharp, has got good feet, likes playing in wide positions and coming off the line.

"Then there is Sotoris, who will be training with us so we'll have a look and see where we are. He's a Greek Under-21 international who can play as a holding midfield player but is more of a central defender.

"David Preece has also arrived. We have been unfortunate with a couple of keepers, especially one with a family bereavement who was due to come out. However, I am sure that interest will still be there when we come back."

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