The Portsmouth duo who've done themselves 'some favours' in bid for fresh contracts

Mark Kelly admits crunch time is approaching for Pompey's fledgling talents.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 6:00 am
Harry Kavanagh. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Kelly will hold discussions with third-year scholars Alfie Stanley and Harry Kavanagh, along with Northern Ireland duo Gerard Storey and Eoin Teggart – on loan at Carrick Rangers and Cliftonville respectively – in the coming weeks.

What's more, second-year scholars Charlie Bell, Harrison Brook, Harvey Rew, Seok Jae Lee and Harry Anderson will also soon find out if they've earned extensions or their time at Fratton Park has come to an end.

Stanley and Kavanagh have been on the fringes of the first team throughout the season.

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They've regularly been involved in training sessions and featured in this season's Papa John's Trophy campaign.

Striker Stanley scored with a brilliant second-half volley while the versatile Kavanagh impressed down the right flank.

With both Danny and Nicky Cowley watching the clash from the stands, Kelly reckons the teenage duo did themselves 'some favours' in their bid to win new contracts.

Alfie Stanley. Picture: Nigel Keene

Pompey's player development manager said: ‘The decisions will be made soon enough, to be honest.

‘We’ll be sitting down and having those conversations soon enough.

‘That was part of the game – the boys were trying to show themselves.

‘I thought Harry Kavanagh delivered some great ball into the box, some great early balls.

‘They were really threatening and Harry played really well. I think they have done themselves some favours on Tuesday.’

The Cowley brothers will have some influence in the decision-making process, despite currently only being contracted to Fratton Park until the end of the season.