Awford boosts Borough

Nick Awford
Nick Awford
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Alex Pike believes Nick Awford is the ideal addition to the Gosport Borough cause after the Pompey player agreed to a loan switch.

The combative young midfielder will sign for a month and could extend his stay to three months, if all parties agree.

Pompey have agreed to foot the bill for his wages.

The Blues are keen for the 18-year-old to get some game time.

He made his Pompey debut last term but has not yet been involved with the first team this season.

Borough boss Pike sees the agreement as mutually beneficial after being impressed by the teenager in the recent friendly between the sides.

Pike said: ‘He impressed me in the friendly.

‘And Shaun North is on my coaching staff and speaks very highly of him.

‘I’ve only got the three midfielders in there at the moment and he will give us something completely different.

‘He breaks up play, he’s a good tackler and he reads the game well.

‘I think it will do him a lot of good to join us and I’m sure he will do well for us as well.

‘They want him to get some games under his belt to help him learn his trade.

‘He’s a player with a lot of potential.

‘We know that it’s a physical league and he will benefit hugely from that.

‘We’re delighted to have him on board.’

Pike is hopeful he can add him to the squad in time for tomorrow’s trip to Bromley.

Borough are hoping to secure their first victory of the Skrill South campaign.

And Awford could be around for a longer spell to help them climb the table.

A deal has been agreed in principle to take him through to the end of November at Privett Park.

Pike said: ‘Whether we can get the paperwork done in time for Saturday, I don’t know.

‘But we will take him for a month with a view to three months and see how things go.

‘Pompey are paying all of his wages and I think that is brilliant of them to do that.

‘It shows that we can offer a good standard of football for their young players.

‘And we’re thankful to them for their help.’