Kenny Jackett believes that Adam May has a bright future at Fratton Park.
The 20-year-old midfielder – an academy graduate – has committed his future to the Blues by penning a new two-year deal.
He made 18 appearances for the first team during a breakthrough 2018/19 campaign, as Pompey adapted quickly to life in League One.
And Jackett expects May to keep progressing as he continues his fledgling career as a professional footballer.
The Blues boss said: “Adam is one of many promising young players and we want to encourage him to keep developing here.
“It is important to secure his services and make sure that he knows we believe in his ability.
"I think there is a lot still to come from him in our midfield and he’s someone we really do believe in."
“I have a feeling he is one of the crop who is going to really come good over the next couple of years or so and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with him.
“He played a number of games for us last season, so will naturally want that to increase and earn a regular place in the side.
“That is good for us as a club because he will constantly be looking to get stronger, better and more confident.
“I think there is a lot still to come from him in our midfield and he’s someone we really do believe in.
“We have put a lot of work into him – and other young players – and it’s important we see the results of that on the pitch.”