Tallack open to longer Dorchester stay

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Lewis Tallack is eyeing a longer stay at Dorchester Town as he strives to maintain his development.

The Pompey right-back is currently on a month’s loan at the Blue Square Bet South club.

For the 19-year-old, it represents a precious opportunity for regular first-team football.

It’s a path also taken by fellow Blues youngster Lewis Stockford, who is currently enjoying a loan spell at Salisbury City.

Tallack has so far made two appearances for Dorchester – most recently last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Weston-super-Mare.

The former Crookhorn Community School pupil already feels his game is blossoming in his new environment.

And with his loan deal expiring next Saturday, October 15, he would welcome the chance to extend it.

He said: ‘I’m really enjoying it at Dorchester.

‘It’s about playing regular first-team football to help me learn, and it has definitely been worthwhile going there.

‘The manager is pleased with me at the moment and I’m benefiting from the experience.

‘It’s just a shame about the results. We were really unlucky in the FA Cup game last weekend.

‘I feel I am doing pretty well and I’m doing what I am asked to do.

‘I’m always trying to impress people and this is my opportunity to show what I can do.

‘My loan is up on October 15 and we have not really decided whether that will be extended yet.

‘We will most probably sit down and talk about it in the next few weeks.

‘But I would like to stay a bit longer. It’s a great club.’

Having been with Pompey since the age of 14, Tallack has progressed through the Fratton youth system.

Along with Stockford, he became a first-year professional during the summer.

The duo have both gone on to feature in several friendlies – most recently the 5-1 loss at Real Betis last month.

Their loan commitments ensured they couldn’t feature for Pompey against FC Rostov during the week.

In the meantime, Tallack is continuing to reap the benefits of regular involvement at Dorchester.

He added: ‘It has been great to be involved in men’s football and being part of how they play.

‘I’m still young, I’m still learning about things and this is the chance for me to get more football.

‘I’m learning how to cope with different types of players and how they play in different formations.

‘It is important to me and I am improving.

‘These are things I need to do just in case the manager wants me back.

‘Things are going well and, hopefully, I can help Dorchester’s results improve.’