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Numbers boosted by two?

The professional ranks at Pompey have at least been boosted by two as academy duo Lewis Stockford and Lewis Tallack have signed 1-year professional contracts.

This, technically, now makes them 1st team players although will Steve Cotterill count, and use them, as such?

He has already said that the clubs academy hopefuls, some of which are rated quite highly, will not be brought into the 1st team squad.

Having completed their 2-year scholarships and been offered professional contracts do the two Lewis' fall into this bracket though?

Either way best of luck to them.

Anyway, this is what The Pompey Site said about their signings...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Academy Pair Sign Pro Deals

Academy duo Lewis Stockford and Lewis Tallack have signed one-year professional contracts.

The pair have both completed a two-year scholarship programme with Pompey.

Stockford is an 18-year-old midfielder who comes from Portsmouth, while Tallack - also 18 - is a defender who was born in Luton.

Academy manager Andy Awford said: "They've both worked extremely hard since I've been at the club and deserve the opportunity to progress.

"Now they've got another year at the club to see if they can move up to the next level."

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 13 2011

Time: 10:45PM

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If these two have been signed with Cotterill's say so then he must see something in them, unlike pretty much every other youth player we had. I still doubt they'll get a look in next season though which is why having a reserve team could really benefit these youngsters. Trouble is unless we sign about 15 players it isn't going to happen. Good luck to them both and hopefully might get a chance to show what they can do at some point in the season.
moley2
You have to hope we don't lose these two and hope we dont lose them to up the road . There is also an apparent tangent story for me, in that Chan and Snoreyass CSI have both have been adamant that no player contract will be confirmed until the new owners are practically ready to take over. Well in the last two days players have been shipped out and 2 have been just been signed on. It would also suggest, to me anyway, CSI who are allowing Cot to make these decisions alsointend to keep the manager in place.
russellm
Clearly I'm desperate for the deal to be done, about now was a realistic time scale.
russellm
I mentioned the same thing on another forum russellm. Surely theses signings are being authorised by someone and so long as it's done within the clubs current budget then they should be able to go ahead. The only thing stopping this would be if CSI had their own manager/players lined up, so as you mention surely it indicates Cotterill will be staying on. I'm hoping we can bring in the frees that Cotterill has lined up even if the takeover hasn't gone through and any money signings(If we're lucky) will be sorted once the takeover is done. I'm sure all these issues will be sorted by early June, but as usual we'll have to wait and see. PUP!
moley2
Good news especially with Stockford being a local boy. The only problem is there is no reserve team for them to cut their teeth in.
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