Raggett hoping to continue improvement after signing for Portsmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 August 2020

Sean Raggett has signed permanently for Portsmouth. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images

Sean Raggett has signed permanently for Portsmouth. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images

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Sean Raggett is hoping to continue improving with Portsmouth after joining the club permanently following his release from Norwich City.

The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Fratton Park, helping the club reach the League One play-offs. The towering defender scored twice in 38 games for Pompey.

Raggett signed for the Canaries after impressing at Lincoln City in 2017, but the central defender only made two first-team appearances during his spell at Carrow Road - both late substitute appearances in Daniel Farke’s first season in charge at the club.

Injury woes prevented progression during loan spells with Lincoln and Rotherham United, with the defender breaking his right ankle on two separate occasions.

Raggett sought to kick-start his career with Pompey last season - but he took time to find his rhythm as he attempted to find his top level after his injury setbacks.

The Canaries did possess the a one-year option to extend Raggett’s contract but decided against activating it. The defender has penned a two-year deal at Fratton Park.

“I spoke to the gaffer a few times. It was an obvious conversation because everyone knows promotion’s the goal and he wanted me to be a part of that,” Raggett told the club’s official website.

“I enjoyed working with him and all the boys last season, so I’m delighted to be coming back to the club.

“We were a bit unlucky last season and so now we’re looking forward to getting back and pushing for success again.

Raggett made two appearances for City, both as late subs.  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdRaggett made two appearances for City, both as late subs. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“I’m excited by the challenge and believe that we’ll be right up there – that’s certainly the aim for everyone.

“When you compare how I am now to the start of last season, then I feel so much better. I’m fit, raring to go and eager to improve my own performances.”

Portsmouth were denied a spot in the League One play-off final, which was won by Wycombe, after being defeated by Oxford United on penalties last month.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett added: “It took Sean a while to get over the injury he had at the start of last season, but he improved greatly as we progressed and I think there’s more of that to come.”

Raggett was released by Norwich City earlier this summer.
 Picture: James Wilson/Focus Images LtdRaggett was released by Norwich City earlier this summer. Picture: James Wilson/Focus Images Ltd

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