Torquay chase loan deal for Pompey keeper

Pompey keeper Alex Bass
Pompey keeper Alex Bass
Pompey take on Hawks last summer. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Alex Bass is in the frame for a loan switch to Torquay.

The Blues are eager to find the young goalkeeper regular first-team football to aid his development.

And the National League South club have registered their interest in taking the 20-year-old on an initial six-month deal.

Bass is presently with the Pompey squad on tour in Ireland – one of three goalkeepers in attendance.

While Craig MacGillivray and Luke McGee battle it out to serve as Kenny Jackett’s number one, the academy graduate is earmarked for a loan spell elsewhere.

It’s a scenario Bass himself is keen on, despite making his Football League debut on the final day of last season.

The keeper is aware his Fratton Park first-team opportunities are limited during the forthcoming season – and a loan spell elsewhere would benefit.

Torquay are managed by former Pompey head of community Gary Owers, while ex-Blues skipper Martin Kuhl is assistant manager.

They were relegated from the National League last term, although by adding Bass to their squad are hopeful of a swift return.

The stopper has made three Pompey first-team appearances since emerging through the ranks.

In 2016-17, he spent a lengthy loan spell at Salisbury.

The Blues this summer activated a 12-month option on Bass’ contract to retain him, with goalkeeping coach John Keeley having high hopes.