The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Joshua Richards

MATT Tubbs could be on his way out of Frat­ton Park, ad­mits Portsmouth man­ager Paul Cook, as the striker seeks first-team foot­ball.

The 31-year-old is back in full train­ing af­ter re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury that has kept him out of the start­ing line-up since Oc­to­ber.

But he must fight for a start­ing berth, with loa­nees Marc McNulty and Caolan Lav­ery rack­ing up ten goals be­tween them in his ab­sence, while Conor Chap­lin (seven) and Adam McGurk (six) have been stuck on the bench.

Cook con­cedes he may not be able to keep last sea­son’s League Two golden boot win­ner happy – de­spite Pom­pey fly­ing high.

“He wants to play foot­ball and, if we can’t of­fer him foot­ball, the like­li­hood is it will be some­where else,” Cook said.

“The one thing I do know is that, since I walked into the build­ing, he has been an ab­so­lute model pro, con­ducts him­self ter­rif­i­cally well ev­ery day and is very much what I call a good lad.

“What­ever path he takes in the fu­ture, it will be with our bless­ing and his bless­ing, but Matty Tubbs wants to play foot­ball – there is noth­ing wrong with that.”

MODEL PRO: Matt Tubbs

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