Bradley hoping Dorchester education can extend Pompey stay

Bradley Tarbuck. Picture: Colin Farmery
Bradley Tarbuck. Picture: Colin Farmery
Conor Chaplin in action against Peterborough. Picture: Joe Pepler

Chaplin backed to start against Plymouth

  • Emsworth youngster made Pompey debut in November 2014 against Carlisle
  • Tarbuck has been on the books at Fratton Park since the age of eight
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Bradley Tarbuck is hoping his Dorchester Town exploits can keep him at Fratton Park.

The 19-year-old is presently enjoying a fruitful spell with the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier side as he amasses first-team experience.

I’ve got one last game at Dorchester, I’m a lot sharper from being there and really enjoyed it. It has benefitted me

Bradley Tarbuck

He has spent the second half of the campaign on loan with the Magpies and was crowned their player of the month for February.

Tarbuck also netted in a 2-1 win at Paulton Rovers last weekend and will remain with the non-leaguers until this weekend’s final match of the season.

The promising forward, who is from Emsworth, is out of contract at Pompey this summer – one of 11 players occupying the uncertain situation.

But Tarbuck is hopeful an encouraging period at Dorchester has developed him sufficiently to be considered for a fresh deal.

He said: ‘I’ve got one last game at Dorchester. I’m a lot sharper from being there and have really enjoyed it. It has benefitted me.

‘It is all good, positive and about game time.

‘Depending on the formation I have been played on the wing, in the hole, wing-back, everywhere. I don’t mind wing-back really.

‘I was at Dartford in November but their gaffer wasn’t having me so came back from that and straight away looked to get out again for game time. Then Dorchester came up and I thought why not.

‘I’ve played regularly and am going to just keep on what I’m doing and not worry about my contract at Pompey.

‘I don’t now what is going to happen, I’ve just got to carry on working hard and see what the future brings.’

Tarbuck made his Pompey league debut in November 2014 for an eight-minute cameo off the bench in the 3-0 home victory over Carlisle.

He also appeared for Andy Awford’s side last summer as part of pre-season before damaging his ankle against Thurrock.

And he’s hoping to remain at the club he has been part of since the age of eight.

Tarbuck added: ‘The injury set me back a little bit, it took me a little bit of time to get back into it.

‘My debut was a great experience, I enjoyed playing in front of the great fans and even ended up getting booked by mistake! It was James Dunne who had made the foul, not me!

‘That match was everything I dreamed of, playing for the club I’ve grown up at and being a local lad. There’s a good set-up here with players always coming through.’