Hawks boss delighted by arrival of Pompey defender

Jack Whatmough in action for Pompey last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jack Whatmough in action for Pompey last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
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  • Bradbury confident loan deal will benefit both clubs
  • Whatmough seeks game-time to break into Blues first-team frame
  • Westleigh Park outfit also extend Lewis’ stay to end of season
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Lee Bradbury has spoken of his delight after securing the services of Pompey defender Jack Whatmough.

The 19-year-old has penned a month-long loan deal with the Hawks.

His move to Westleigh Park represents the next step in his rehabilitation from the knee ligament injury he suffered against Cheltenham Town last March.

And for the National League South outfit, Whatmough offers extra quality in their bid to escape the clutches of relegation.

Bradbury believes the loan deal will benefit both clubs.

‘I have watched Jack come through the ranks at Fratton Park and he is a good player,’ said the Hawks boss.

It is too good an opportunity to miss because he is a great prospect.

Lee Bradbury

‘After his injury, Pompey are obviously looking to get him some game time.

‘They know we do things the right way at our club and we will look after him.

‘It is too good an opportunity to miss because he is a great prospect.

‘He has always been a big lad for his age and he is an intelligent footballer.

‘Until he got injured, he was making a big impression at Pompey.

‘That is old news now, though, and Jack knows he has to work hard to earn that reputation again.’

Whatmough, from Gosport, graduated from the Blues’ Academy ranks and signed a three-year professional deal in August 2013. He also has England international honours at under-18 and under-19 level.

Bradbury will draft him straight into the Hawks squad for Saturday’s trip to Hemel Hempstead, where his versatility could be crucial.

While he is primarily a centre-back, Whatmough is also capable of playing a holding midfield role.

And with Hawks skipper Brian Stock suspended for one game, Bradbury may be tempted to play his new recruit in the middle of the park.

Either way, his arrival is a timely boost for the Hawks, who second from bottom in the table.

‘Jack is hungry to play after being out for so long,’ added Bradbury.

‘That is something we can use going forward and benefit from.

‘The lad has a great attitude and is champing at the bit to get started.’

Bradbury has also been successful in negotiations with Ebbsfleet United to extend the loan of Theo Lewis until the end of the season.

‘Theo has brought good balance and energy into our midfield,’ said the Hawks manager.

‘He is another player who has performed at a good standard and may have an important part to play in the second half of the season.’