Pompey triallist told to earn deal

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Clarke has found himself back in familiar surroundings in the centre of defence in recent weeks  Picture: Joe Pepler

Back home – but Pompey defender would switch back

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DEAN O’HALLORAN has been challenged to make his mark to earn a Pompey contract.

The winger is training with Paul Cook’s side after being released by Fulham.

Dean O'Halloran

Dean O'Halloran

And the success of Ben Tollitt in earning himself a deal last year is being highlighted as motivation for the 20-year-old.

O’Halloran was given a 28-minute runout in the 4-1 win over Bognor on Wednesday night.

The Irishman has been with Pompey since Monday as they run the rule over him.

First-team coach, Ian Foster, explained it’s a chance for the talent to make an impression.

Foster said: ‘He’s a young player who was recommended to us.

‘We always welcome players into the building, particularly the young lads.

‘We like them to come in, play football and give them a taste of what Portsmouth Football Club is about.

‘We want to give them the platforms to showcase their talents.

‘Sometimes it works for them, sometimes it doesn’t.

‘A case in point on that front would be Ben Tollitt from last year.

‘Ben came in, lit the place up and earned himself a contract.

‘It gives Dean a chance to show us what he’s about.’

Amine Linganzi remains with Cook’s squad and was given another opportunity to impress against Bognor with a 69-minute outing.

Foster explained assistant manager, Leam Richardson is the influence behind the midfielder’s presence at Pompey.

He said: ‘Amine’s been in a bit longer than Dean.

‘Leam’s familiar with him from his time at Accrington Stanley.

‘We’ve invited him in to showcase his talent and see if he’s worthy of a contract.’

– JORDAN CROSS