Blues set to invite keeper for trial

Gosport Borough goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore
Gosport Borough goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore
Brett Pitman. Picture: Joe Pepler

Posh manager wary of Pompey striker’s threat

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Pompey are keen to invite Gosport Borough goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore for a trial at Fratton Park.

The shot-stopper was a key factor in the Privett Park club securing promotion to Blue Square Bet South and holds a burning ambition to join the professional ranks.

But Borough boss Alex Pike has revealed Pompey aren’t the only ones keen, with Bournemouth and Walsall also registering an interest in Ashmore.

Pike said: ‘We have spoken to Guy (Whittingham) about him and he is on their radar.

‘But he is also on Walsall’s and Bournemouth’s radar.

‘We’ve had interest in him and we will see how that progresses in terms of a trial.

‘Nathan is ambitious and wants to get into professional football.

‘If Gosport can help him achieve that, then we will.

‘We will never stand in a player’s way.’

Pompey have already signed two goalkeepers in John Sullivan and Phil Smith during the close season, but 22-year-old Ashmore is seen as one for the future.

And Pike believes he can only improve with full-time coaching.

He said: ‘I’ve had some very good keepers but I haven’t had one as good as he is at his age.

‘And if Nathan went into full-time training with a goalkeeping coach, he would only get better and better.’

Pike also insists Gosport would waive a transfer fee to help the player earn a move.

‘I’ve seen other non-league clubs demand stupid fees and it has then stopped a professional club coming in and taking a punt on a player. That’s not right,’ said Pike.

‘You can negotiate sell-on fees or base it on appearances. Clubs don’t mind paying that once he’s made the first team.

‘So we would never demand a stupid fee.’