Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is keen to see James Meredith in action before deciding on whether to sign him on a permanent deal.

The former Millwall defender, who made 85 appearances during a two-year spell, terminated his contract with the club in July by mutual consent.

Having trained with Pompey for nearly three weeks, he could state a case for a permanent deal at Fratton Park in a Hampshire Senior Cup clash next Wednesday (September 18).

Ex-Lions boss Jackett is currently a little short of left-back options, after Lee Brown was ruled out with an Achilles injury last month, but wants to see more of Meredith before deciding.

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He told The News, Portsmouth: “There are some games coming up – and that’s the plan with James.

“His situation is that, after maybe two or three weeks of training to get up to speed, the back end will then see him play a game or two.

“At that point, we will be able to reassess him and work James towards full fitness to get the best out of him.

“We do understand that if something comes up in the meantime then he will speak to another club, I do see that.

“But, similarly, we have to do what is right for this club, which is having a look at him in training and possibly a game or two.”

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Meredith, a twice-capped Australia international, played in all 46 of Millwall’s Championship games during his first season at the club.

He would play 10 fewer league games the following campaign before becoming a free agent.