Portsmouth loanees set for return with several non-league divisions to be terminated

Pompey's youngsters on loan in steps three to six of the non-league pyramid are poised to return to Fratton Park.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 3:15 pm

Clubs of the Isthmian League and Southern League have unanimously agreed to terminate the season with immediate effect amid the coronavirus crisis suspending football until April 30.

That means fledgling talents Matt Casey, Brad Lethbridge and Harry Kavanagh – who are all at Bognor – and Stan Bridgman, on loan with Blackfield & Langley, will come back to their parent club.

First-year professional Casey completed a move to Nyewood Lane in January, having had a brief spell at the Hawks in the National League South earlier in the campaign.

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The centre-back scored one goal in eight appearances for the Rocks in the Isthmian League premier division.

Casey is out of contract with the Blues at the season's end, although the club have the option of an additional 12 months.

Lethbridge is at Jack Pearce's side for a second successive season, following a fruitful campaign last term.

The third-year scholar, who netted his maiden Pompey goal in a Leasing.com Trophy draw at Oxford in October, has been troubled by injury this term but has still bagged seven goals in 28 outings.

Bradley Lethbridge. Picture: Graham Hunt

Harry Kavanagh, named Pompey Academy's captain for this term, joined Bognor in December.

The right-back has featured eight times in total.

Meanwhile, second-year scholar Stan Bridgman has made three outings for Blackfield & Langely in the Southern League premier division this year.

Meanwhile, the National League has expressed its desire for the 2019-20 season to be completed.

That means Adam May will likely continue his loan at promotion-chasing Boreham Wood when the campaign recommences.

The centre-midfielder scored on his Wood debut in a 3-2 defeat at Aldershot last month.