Decision made on forgotten Portsmouth defender amid news 11 Academy youngsters to be released

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The 2021 signing from Bromley is yet to feature in a competitive game for Pompey

Forgotten Pompey defender Liam Vincent’s stay away from Fratton Park has been extended.

The left-back has been given permission to remain at National League South side Tonbridge Angels on loan until the end of the season.

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The 20-year-old has made a good impression at the Longmead Stadium following his January arrival. He’s featured 10 times for Jay Saunders’ side and operated in numerous positions as he demonstrates his versatility. That prompted the non-leaguers to request an extension to his stay - something which the Blues had no issue with.

However, it means the 2021 signing from Bromley is now certain not to feature for the Blues at senior level before his contract expires in the summer. It also demonstrates where Vincent sits in John Mousinho’s thinking, with Pompey heading into their remaining seven games of the season with 12 senior players currently receiving treatment for injuries.

That includes first-choice left-back Connor Ogilvie, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury which will keep him out until the beginning of April. The Blues also reverted to three at the back for their recent win against Burton, with Jack Sparkes also ruled out for that game.

In that respect, it’s highly unlikely Vincent will remain at PO4 beyond the current campaign. Earlier this week, The News revealed 11 members of the Pompey youth ranks will be released by the club at the end of the season. Vincent was initially bought by the club under Danny Cowley with the aim of him being part of the Blues’ future. At the time, Cowley said the Fratton Park outfit had seen off Premier League and Championship competition to sign the then 18-year-old.

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