Blues ready to fast track Aussie

Ryan Williams has been the surprise of Pompey's pre-season
Ryan Williams has been the surprise of Pompey's pre-season
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Pompey want to fast track Ryan Williams into the first-team squad.

The attacking midfielder has been the surprise package of the pre-season.

Although still an Academy player, the 17-year-old Australian has impressed after being called up by Steve Cotterill to train with the Blues.

That won Williams a place on the tour to America, alongside first-year professional Lewis Stockford.

Yet while Stockford and fellow 18-year-old Lewis Tallack have been earmarked to be sent on loan, Cotterill wants Williams involved in the first-team set-up.

The teenager will once again be involved for the clash with Charleston Battery. tomorrow

And Cotterill has high hopes for the youngster.

He said: ‘We have given Lewis Stockford and Lewis Tallack one-year deals – but with a view to getting them out on loan.

‘Without being disrespectful to the two other boys, the one I would like to fast track is Ryan Williams.

‘He is still very small, only 17, but I think everybody is of the same opinion that he has shown good potential so far.

‘We have still got to remember he is a young boy, but he is certainly one we might have hopes for in the future.

‘I don’t know Ryan’s best position at the moment. He is too young for me to know that so I won’t go making predictions.

‘He’s a 17-year-old boy we would like to bring through.

‘Whether it is right-wing, centre forward or left-wing, he played all of those roles the other night and looks a good young player.

‘We just hope, physically, he develops into a man.’