Portsmouth starlets await Fratton’s future amid surprise Academy cleanup last year


And that means anxious waiting for Harry Jewitt-White, Alfie Bridgman and Dan Gifford, who have all had a taste of first-team football during the current campaign.

Although Harrison Brook and Seok Jae Lee both declined the extensions in favor of pursuing an alternate route.

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Now the current crop of youngsters are waiting to find out their fate, having been told a decision will be made before the end of March.

Daish has previously expressed his belief that striker Gifford, who shone during an impressive loan spell at Bognor, should be on terms.

Meanwhile, Wales Under-18 international Jewitt-White has featured for Danny Cowley’s side in the Papa John’s Trophy three times this season, while being a used substitute on 14 occasions in the league.

Harry Jewitt-White has made three appearances for Pompey in the Papa John Trophy this season. Photo: Robin Jones

Moreover, Bridgman has totaled two first-team outings since making his debut last season, while he has netted eight times for the Academy this season.

Other second-year scholarship recipients include Harvey Hughes, Izzy Kaba, David Setters and Elliott Simpson.

However, while Daish delivered his recommendations, the decision rests with Academy head Greg Miller, with input from Danny and Nicky Cowley.

Granted, another large-scale outing of young talent would not be viewed favorably by fans during a somewhat barren period for the Academy’s production line.

Tornante’s level of investment in the Academy has been regularly questioned, while chief coaching officer Sean O’Driscoll resigned earlier this season, since working at Weymouth and now with Bournemouth youngsters .

Last season, all of the second- and third-year Scholars were released, namely Harry Anderson, Taylor Seymour, Charlie Bell, Tom Bruce, Alfie Stanley, Harry Kavanagh, Leon Pitman, Harvey Rew, Gerard Storey and Eoin Teggart.

Rew, Kavanagh and Seok Jae Lee are now with Gosport, while Bell is with the Rocks, goalkeeper Seymour with Crawley and Alfie Stanley has scored 10 times for Dorchester this season.

As for the loose Irish trio, Anderson is at Portadown, Storey is with Derry, while Northern Ireland Under-19 international Teggart is currently on loan at Dundela from Portadown.

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