Lewis Tallack is poised for his Dorchester debut tonight.
The Pompey defender has joined the Conference South side on a month’s loan.
It’s the chance for the 18-year-old from Waterlooville to impress as he seeks crucial first-team experience.
Tallack was in the stands to witness Dorchester’s 1-0 defeat at Basingstoke at the weekend.
Now he is in the frame to feature in tonight’s league visit of Weston-super-Mare (7.45pm).
The former Crookhorn Community School pupil has followed Lewis Stockford in looking for regular football.
Stockford, a fellow first-year professional, made the switch to Salisbury City on a month’s loan.
He has now played twice for the Whites, coming on as substitute in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Tonbridge Angels.
Like Stockford, Tallack also turned out for Pompey in their recent friendly with Real Betis.
In addition, he featured for the Blues in their pre-season friendly against the Hawks, coming on for the last 19 minutes as a substitute.
Yet with no reserve team at the club, his appearances have been largely restricted to the Academy side.
It has meant both players have had to look elsewhere to gain experience as they bid to maintain their Blues development.
For right-back Tallack, Dorchester represents that opportunity as he seeks to impress over the next month during his first taste of senior football.
Pompey Academy duo Chinedu Vine and Jordan Fitzharris have also left the club on loan in recent weeks.
They are currently on work experience with Hayling United.