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2 October 2015

Chaplin interview in Saturday's programme

Paul Cook added plenty of experienced players to his new-look Pompey squad over the summer.

But he has also not been afraid to throw plenty of young players in at the deep end.

Conor Chaplin is one of them, with the likes of Ben Close, Brandon Haunstrup and Adam Webster also featuring.

And the forward has responded by netting four goals to repay the faith shown in him.

“There have been a lot coming through in the past few years” says Chaplin in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s clash with Yeovil. “That’s testament to the great work done in the academy by Andy Awford, Paul Hardyman, Mark Kelly, Mikey Harris – and even people before that.

“Young players are given a chance here and I’m not sure it was always the case before. You need to be given an opportunity to show what you’re capable of and then it’s up to you to deliver.

“Everyone’s a bit apprehensive when a new manager comes in, but he’s been unbelievable with the young lads.

“He told us that we would be given a chance to impress and that’s all you can really ask for.

“But there are also a lot of senior guys here and many know what it’s like to be promoted. I want to be part of a side that does the same thing.”

Read the full interview – where Chaplin also discusses his whirlwind start to the season – by picking up a programme from sellers around Fratton Park on Saturday.

Also in issue eight, Ben Close dishes the dirt on his team-mates and Brian Murphy selects his dream team.

We take an in-depth look at Yeovil before delving into the Pompey archives to take a walk down memory lane.

There are also exclusive columns from chairman Iain McInnes, manager Paul Cook and skipper Michael Doyle.

All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.

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