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Steward Pens Professional Deal

Academy keeper signs contract

12 February 2022

Toby Steward
Pictured from left to right are: Greg Miller (academy manager), Liam Daish (lead professional development phase coach), Toby Steward, Daniel Hill (academy lead goalkeeper coach), James Barlow (assistant professional development phase coach), Danny Cowley (head coach)

Toby Steward has signed his first professional contract with Pompey.

The goalkeeper – who celebrates his 17th birthday today – has put pen to paper on a deal until the summer of 2024.

He has trained regularly with the first team this season and been on the bench on seven occasions, including the League One trips to Wycombe and AFC Wimbledon.

Steward has also gained international recognition, taking part in a development camp for England stoppers.

Blues boss Danny Cowley said: We want to congratulate Toby and everyone at the academy who has worked with him to get to this level.

"We’re delighted that we’ve offered him a professional contract and hopefully it shows the other boys in the academy that there’s a pathway here."

Danny Cowley

“He’s got such a dedication and commitment to want to get better and I always see him working in the gym.

“You can see his development – mentally, physically and technically – and it’s been great to witness that.

“There’s a lot of growth to come, but he can be anything he wants to be and has a great family supporting him.

“We’re delighted that we’ve offered him a professional contract and hopefully it shows the other boys in the academy that there’s a pathway here.

“They know that if they’ve got dreams of playing for Pompey, then there’s a possibility if you can match your talent with your work ethic.”


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