July 20, 2024

Portsmouth youngster’s latest Fratton Park departure
Alfie Stanley is the latest player to leave Fratton Park.
According to The News, the 19-year-old will decline the Blues’ offer of a 12-month contract.

The promising striker is a former Fratton Park season ticket holder who spent 13 years with the club he supports.
However, it is understood that Stanley became disillusioned with the current pathway available to young Pompey players.

As a result, despite his desire to remain with Pompey, he was unable to stay.

Despite the Blues’ desire to find him a loan club for the 2021-22 season, he couldn’t see his way into Danny Cowley’s first-team squad.

Stanley was named to Pompey’s bench in six of the final eight games last season, but did not play a single minute of football.
Despite the offer of a new contract, the North End youngster was not convinced that he had a future with the Blues.

Pompey are now entitled to compensation if Stanley leaves as a free agent after signing a new contract with a nominal pay increase.

Stanley joins Harvey Rew, Harry Kavanagh, Eoin Teggart, and Taylor Seymour as last season’s third-year scholars who have left the Blues.

Only Haji Mnoga remains, with Cowley exercising a club option to keep the highly regarded defender for another year.

Furthermore, none of last year’s second-year scholars stayed after graduation, and Harrison Brook and Seok Jae Lee turned down offers.

Stanley, who spent the first half of last season on loan at Bognor, made two first-team appearances.

Both competed in the Papa John’s Trophy prior to Cowley’s arrival as head coach in March 2021.

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