Pompey youngster clinches Poole Town loan

Ben Close. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Close. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey’s Ben Close has joined Poole Town on an initial month’s loan.

Andy Awford has been eager for the home-grown midfielder to gain first-team experience away from Fratton Park.

Now he has linked up with Southern League premier division promotion contenders Poole, where Jack Maloney spent time on loan earlier this season.

Close, from Fratton, has made six appearances for the Blues this season but has not been included in a first-team squad since mid-November.