LATEST: Danny Cowley reveals Portsmouth transfer ambition over exciting Blackburn Rovers defender

Danny Cowley has detailed his desire to see Hayden Carter back at Pompey next season.

By Jordan Cross
Thursday, 28th April 2022, 6:00 pm

The Blues boss has revealed his hope to see the Blackburn Rovers defender return to Fratton Park - either on loan or permanently.

Cowley believes his club need to be pushing to land players at the level of the 22-year-old, to execute their new transfer strategy of buying young talent on the rise

Carter plays the last game of an outstanding loan stay at Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, in which he’s made a big impression with Pompey fans.

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The Stockport-born lad’s deal runs until the summer of 2024 at Ewood Park, with the Championship side having ultimate control over his destiny.

He said: ‘These (players like Carter) are the young players we should be trying to sign, for sure.

‘I’m really respectful to Blackburn Rovers, though.

Hayden Carter has been one of the standout performers since his January arrival - and he's wanted next season.

‘Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus I know well, and we’re appreciative they loaned him to us.

‘I know they are pleased with how we’ve looked after him and how he’s developed.

‘For us, if we could take Hayden on either a permanent or a loan next year, we’d love to do that.

‘I think sometimes when you take players on loan, if you take them on loan with a view to a permanent, this could be a really good way to recruit for the football club.’

Carter has maintained an excellent level of consistency in his 21 Pompey appearances since arriving in January.

Cowley has no doubt a successful loan stay at Burton Albion last season was beneficial to both the defender and Pompey’s recruitment.

He added: ‘We knew when we signed him (how good he was), because we’d watched him at Burton.

‘Sometimes when they are on their second loan and they’ve already played at our level, the recruitment then becomes much easier.

‘You are making decisions based on a really good context.

‘He’s been excellent and just grown and grown.’