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Teenage Duo Offered Pompey Deals

Casey and Smith receive third year scholarships

1 May 2018

Dan Smith and Matt Casey

Pompey have handed third year scholarships to two of their academy players.

Matt Casey and Dan Smith – who are both aged 18 – have been given the chance to extend their Blues deals.

Towering centre-back Casey and striker Smith both grew up locally and have appeared on the bench for the first team this season.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “It’s good news for both of them and they thoroughly deserve to be rewarded for their efforts.

“We’ve got an integrated group here at Pompey, so the manager’s seen a lot of them on the training pitch.

“There have been times this season when they’ve been around the first team, while they’ve also played a lot of under-23 football this season and done very well at that level.

"We’ve got an integrated group here at Pompey, so the manager’s seen a lot of them on the training pitch."

Mark Kelly

“Dan’s a big, strong boy who gets around the pitch and has started to score goals on a really consistent basis.

“Matt’s probably been more proficient on the ball than in the air, which is perhaps a surprise for someone who’s six foot eight.

“We’ve been working with him on adding some aggression and he’s looked more capable when he’s stepped up a level and played against guys who are more his size.”

Jordan Brooks, Jack Chandler, Jack Collins and Matt Mayes will leave the club when their scholarships expire this summer and we wish them all every success for the future.

Kelly said: “Football’s all about getting out there again and finding your level after these moments of disappointment.

“We can only take certain people so far in the process, but we’re always here to support those guys who haven’t been offered a deal.”

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