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Ritchie confirms he's been offered a deal...

...and this delights me!

Matt Ritchie, who I have high hopes for, has today - with what he told The News - confirmed that he has been offered a new 2-year contract, which pleases me greatly, as does his determination to be successful with Pompey: 'my main goal, though, is to play for Pompey. They are the team I support and that is my dream. Whatever it takes to achieve that I'll do it.

'I've been offered a two-year deal now and I want to sign it because I see my future here.

'The club have been really good. Paul Hart speaks to me every now and then and has always been very supportive.

'When Guy Whittingham came in he informed me he would also be watching my progress and that's such a massive boost.

'Hopefully I can get noticed. Of course I haven't made it yet, I realise that.

'My mum and dad keep my feet on the ground. There's still a long, long way to go and hopefully one day I can get into the first team.'

Not only does the thought of another youngster coming through excite me, the thought of a local youngster coming through excites me even more so I pray he is given this chance to do so.

I really do have high hopes for the 19-year-old who has benefited greatly from his loan with Dagenham this season - a loan that has seen the left winger score an impressive 11 goals in 36 league appearances, including two crackers at the weekend.

I am delighted to hear that he has been offered a new deal as I was worried we could let him go in the summer and I feel certain that he will play a part in the 1st team next season, well at least I hope so...

On the loan spell itself with the league two club, who would claim a play-off place if they beat Shrewsbury this weekend, Ritchie has enjoyed it with him praising Dagenham manager John Still: 'it's been a fantastic year for me. I couldn't have predicted it would go as well as this.

'Obviously I wanted to play first-team football somewhere and Dagenham & Redbridge has proven to be the right club.

'John Still has been very understanding, especially on the physical side of it. I've been commuting from Gosport and he's given me time off to recover when I've needed it.'

Assuming Dagenham do clinch that play-off spot this weekend I will be paying particular attention to the league two play-offs, and all being well will be able to watch him in the league two play-off final, which I would assume takes place on either Friday or Saturday 22nd or 23rd May? We do not play Wigan until the Sunday, so no problems there then.

Remember the name Matt Ritchie, I have this feeling we will be hearing more about him next season - he will certainly be my 'player to watch' if I am asked to do an interview in 442 magazine again this summer...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 30 2009

Time: 12:08PM

Your Comments

Good thoughts Rug, I have been keeping an eye on D&R results and the progress of Matt. Glad to see the club have identified a possible talent and rewarded in the right manner. Lets hope he can take the next step up.
bluedr
Good thoughts Rug, I have been keeping an eye on D&R results and the progress of Matt. Glad to see the club have identified a possible talent and rewarded in the right manner. Lets hope he can take the next step up.
bluedr
Always good to hear news like this. We wish him & the Dags well in the play offs!
storagematt
Always good to hear news like this. We wish him & the Dags well in the play offs!
storagematt
PLEASE NOTE...
to clarify guys - incase you didnt know and had noticed, as this has been noticed and commented on, this image shown isnt matt ritchie, unfortunately we do not currently have one of him, not even in dagenham kit!
pompeyrug
PLEASE NOTE...
to clarify guys - incase you didnt know and had noticed, as this has been noticed and commented on, this image shown isnt matt ritchie, unfortunately we do not currently have one of him, not even in dagenham kit!
pompeyrug
Here's Matt Richie in D&G action http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/Pu4bPPa8AEB/Dagenham+Redbridge+v+Lincoln+City+League+Two/WZI770eEhpS/Matt+Ritchie And in Pompey action (altough a bit hard to spot!:http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/assets/pfc1308/file_vault/images/main_image_portrait/academyscummain_4.jpg
yellowcheesemonkey
Here's Matt Richie in D&G action http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/Pu4bPPa8AEB/Dagenham+Redbridge+v+Lincoln+City+League+Two/WZI770eEhpS/Matt+Ritchie And in Pompey action (altough a bit hard to spot!:http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/assets/pfc1308/file_vault/images/main_image_portrait/academyscummain_4.jpg
yellowcheesemonkey
Good news indeed; let's hope he and Marc Wilson are seen more at FP next season.
UKTony
Good news indeed; let's hope he and Marc Wilson are seen more at FP next season.
UKTony
I hope we keep Wilson and Ritchie breaks through, I think we will be a very, very differen team next season and will need all the young class we can get just to stay up. Youth development is a subject where Hart cannot be accused of negative tactics; A a good news story in difficult times.
russellm
pompeyrug isnt this joe ward n loan at bournemouth ??
stfc ballboy
I hope we keep Wilson and Ritchie breaks through, I think we will be a very, very differen team next season and will need all the young class we can get just to stay up. Youth development is a subject where Hart cannot be accused of negative tactics; A a good news story in difficult times.
russellm
pompeyrug isnt this joe ward n loan at bournemouth ??
stfc ballboy
Seems an exciting prospect..and let's face it we're probably gonna need the youngsters more in the next few seasons. Think a 6month loan at a Championship club would be well worth it for the 1st half of next season, then take it from there.
jonathanl50
Seems an exciting prospect..and let's face it we're probably gonna need the youngsters more in the next few seasons. Think a 6month loan at a Championship club would be well worth it for the 1st half of next season, then take it from there.
jonathanl50
Its great to see exciting youngsters like him come through - good luck to the lad.
tracyc
Its great to see exciting youngsters like him come through - good luck to the lad.
tracyc
I've always liked Matt, when ive seen him play hes played well. Also its great that hes a local lad (well Gosport) and a actullay Pompey supporter, i hope he stays and one day get his dream and play for pompey. And also it sounds like hes been playing well this season for the daggers. Well done Matt.
PompeyFcMad
I've always liked Matt, when ive seen him play hes played well. Also its great that hes a local lad (well Gosport) and a actullay Pompey supporter, i hope he stays and one day get his dream and play for pompey. And also it sounds like hes been playing well this season for the daggers. Well done Matt.
PompeyFcMad
Local hero would be PHENOMENAL!!!! Bring him on
hammersmithblue
Local hero would be PHENOMENAL!!!! Bring him on
hammersmithblue
Sounds like a nice lad. Best of luck to him, look forward to seeing him at Fratton Park then.
Gandor1
Sounds like a nice lad. Best of luck to him, look forward to seeing him at Fratton Park then.
Gandor1
Would be great to see a local Academy lad play in the first team .. and score at the Fratton End... in the last minute of a game.... against Chelsea... so we could take all three points.... having come back from 3-0 down.... in the final game of the season.... to clinch us the league title ... OK I dreaming I know !
Chix
Would be great to see a local Academy lad play in the first team .. and score at the Fratton End... in the last minute of a game.... against Chelsea... so we could take all three points.... having come back from 3-0 down.... in the final game of the season.... to clinch us the league title ... OK I dreaming I know !
Chix
It is going to be all about the youngsters! Lets hope that they can make us all proud when they come through in the next couple of years.
sneakay
It is going to be all about the youngsters! Lets hope that they can make us all proud when they come through in the next couple of years.
sneakay
in a way, it's a shame he is on loan now, as we can't play him in some of the last few games of the season...
pompeycarpet
in a way, it's a shame he is on loan now, as we can't play him in some of the last few games of the season...
pompeycarpet
i think they will sneaks - hungry to play for the shirt? you bet they will be and that 'could' or even 'should' count for alot in my book.
pompeyrug
i think they will sneaks - hungry to play for the shirt? you bet they will be and that 'could' or even 'should' count for alot in my book.
pompeyrug
 

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