Hurst nets permanent return to Fratton

Dave Hurst is back at Pompey
Dave Hurst is back at Pompey
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Dave Hurst has been appointed Pompey’s head of academy recruitment on a permanent basis.

The 68-year-old was brought out of retirement by Andy Awford last season to help resurrect the youth set-up.

Hurst previously spent 30 years at Fratton Park as head of youth as well as chief scout before leaving in December 2009.

That invaluable experience convinced Pompey Academy manager Awford to bring him back to Fratton Park in February until the end of the season.

Now he has been given the role for next year as the rebuilding of the youth set-up continues.

And Awford is delighted to have Hurst once again by his side.

He said: ‘When I came back the scouting system was pretty threadbare and Dave was the first port of call to come and help me.

‘There is no-one with better experience than him.

‘He has since brought on board a number of scouts who are working for no pay and we are extremely grateful to them all.

‘Dave came in originally until the end of the season but I think we get on very well.

‘He has been brilliant and he’s now going to stay for another season.

‘We will evaluate the situation in February or March next year and see where we go from there as regards to beyond that.

‘I just want to take this club forwards and having someone like Dave on board can help me do that.

‘There are lots of other bits on-going.

‘We are trying to do this in the right way.’

Meanwhile, Awford has also appointed Kelly Parkhouse as strength and conditioning coach.

Parkhouse last season served the Academy in a part-time role.