Kelly salutes Irishman Teggart's Portsmouth commitmentÂ

Eoin Taggart. Picture: Colin FarmeryEoin Taggart. Picture: Colin Farmery
Eoin Taggart. Picture: Colin Farmery
Mark Kelly hailed the commitment Eoin Teggart has displayed at Pompey.Â

The Northern Ireland under-16 international moved to the Blues' Academy from Cliftonville for an undisclosed fee in August.

However, the winger was forced to be patient and wait for his debut.

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Teggart wasn't given international clearance until last month, making his Pompey bow in the reserves' 5-2 defeat to Southend United in the Central League Cup.

He then came on as a half-time substitute in the young Blues' 5-4 loss to Swindon Town last weekend.

After not having a full pre-season campaign under his belt, Teggart had to swiftly build up his fitness levels with the club's strength & conditioning coaches.

Kelly was delighted with the application the youngster displayed during that period.

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And Pompey's youth chief has been impressed by Teggart's early performances donning the star & crescent. 

Kelly said: '˜Teggy is bright.

'˜He's quick, very quick and will get on the outside and deliver balls into dangerous areas.

'˜He can give you that momentum.

'˜He's been working hard in the background and Southend was his first game in.

'˜I was pleased he lasted the 90 minutes because he had been working hard in training.

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'˜The strength & conditioning boys had been working hard with him because he obviously missed pre-season.'

Teggart was the second academy player Pompey purchased this campaign.

The Blues signed Croatian goalkeeper Petar Durin from Italian side Atalanta in July. 

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