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Mnoga Pens Professional Deal

Academy defender signs contract

24 December 2019

Haji Mnoga signs his first professional Pompey contract

Haji Mnoga has signed his first professional contract with Pompey.

The 17-year-old academy defender has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal, with the club holding an option for a further year

Mnoga – who has represented England at under-17 level – made three appearances for the first team in last season’s EFL Trophy.

He was part of a back-line that kept clean sheets in victories over Crawley and Peterborough, and has recently recovered from a foot injury.

“I’m over the moon,” said Mnoga. “Every boy dreams of getting a professional contract with their hometown club. It’s an early Christmas present for me.

“I like getting forward from right-back, although I can also play in the centre. I always get stuck in and work my socks off.”

"I’m over the moon. Every boy dreams of getting a professional contract with their hometown club."

Haji Mnoga

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “It’s very good news for Haji. He’s been part of the club for a long time and it’s a proud occasion for him and his family.

“There’s a lot of developing for him to do now, so he needs to get his head down and keep working hard to push on.

“Haji’s a local boy and now he’ll be looking to mature and find consistent performances, so he can make the next step.

“He’s a strong and tenacious boy. He’ll get up and down the pitch and is very physical, while he can use the ball well.”

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “The challenge for him now is to try to push into the team and he’s shown plenty of promise so far.

“He’s a powerful lad and has plenty of pace – he’s got a lot of qualities and I’m sure he’ll get opportunities for us.”

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