Two Isle of Wight footballers have been offered new deals to stay with Portsmouth FC.
18-year-old Joe Hancott and 17-year-old Leon Maloney have both been given the chance to sign third-year scholarships.
Full-back Hancott became the club’s youngest ever player when he made his debut in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy draw with Fulham.
Academy manager Mark Kelly told Portsmouth FC’s website that the pair will stay under the academy remit, but there will be potential for them to move across squads when needed:
“It’s all about getting the balance right and we’re looking at that middle structure between youth and senior football.
“There is also the chance to go on loan and gain experience, with our staff going out to watch them and see how they’re getting on.
“Joe had a tough start to the season after breaking his toe and there was a four-month period for him to really get back into the flow. He’s been a consistent performer since then and is growing as an athlete.
“Leon has got pace to burn and has added plenty of goals for the youth team this season, also performing at senior level with Bognor. He’s looking to grow physically and get his head around what it means to become a professional footballer.”
18-year-old Bradley Lethbridge from Gosport has also been offered a scholarship deal.