Wright: Durin arrival shows Pompey owners' ambition Â
Petar Durin's recruitmentÂ reflectsÂ the ambition of Pompey's owners.
That's the verdict of Dave Wright, following this week'sÂ signingÂ of the Croatian under-18 international for an undisclosed fee.
The towering 17-year-oldÂ impressed during a week's stay at Fratton Park, which included an Academy friendly outing against Woking.
With two international keepers ahead of him at Atalanta, Durin was keen for a fresh challenge away from the Italian game.
That brought him to the attention of Pompey, who employ a European scout, overseen byÂ WrightÂ as head of Academy performance and recruitment.
And Wright has praised Tornante'sÂ willingness to invest in recruiting youth talent for Pompey.
He said:Â '˜It's part of the vision of the owners, they want to invest inÂ the Academy.
'˜They see young players as an integral partÂ moving forward '“ and it's the first indicationÂ they will support and back us.
'˜The recruitment world is word of mouth and contacts, linkingÂ with people you know.
'˜We have a European scout who brought the player to our attention and then things went from there. Atalanta kindly allowed us to have him for a week, spending a lot of time with our goalkeeping coach John Keeley, but it was within hours rather than days when it was decidedÂ he had the right attributes.
'˜The key word with Petar is potential. He is still very young and has a lot of development left to go, but we feel potentially he can develop into a very, very good keeper.
'˜For me, his technical ability stands out. He can deal with the ball at his feet, has a nice size and shape, his personality is good you can see he wants to learn and improve.
'˜Once he develops and gets stronger, we feel there's a top keeper there.'
Instantly there is a comparison with Asmir Begovic, who arrived at Fratton in 2003 as a 15-year-old from Canada.
He was sold to Stoke in February 2010 for Â£3.25m.
WrightÂ added: '˜We cannot remember the last time the club invested in an Academy player.
'˜That's the pointÂ of me coming in andÂ the direction the owners feel is important.
'˜We have our own players in the system.
'˜But if there are those outside we feel canÂ add to us, then we'llÂ do it.'