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Catlin Brings In Young Pompey Trio

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Mick Catlin, manager of Evo-Stik League South Premier strugglers Gosport Borough, has bolstered his squad by signing a trio of players from SkyBet League One side Portsmouth`s academy.

Matt Mayes, Dan Smith and Matt Casey have all moved to Privett Park on a `work experience` deal and all three will be in the squad for the trip to Redditch United on Saturday.

Young Blues captain Mayes is a striker, Smith is a winger and Casey is a towering centre-back.

Catlin told The News: “I feel we need some extra bodies to come in at this stage.

“They all played for Pompey Academy in their FA Youth Cup tie against Leicester City on Tuesday. Pompey Academy don’t have any games over the Christmas period, so it was felt they can gain some good experience with us.

“I am taking them on a work-experience loan and it can work for both clubs. Pompey can see how they cope with men’s football and it helps us out.

“Our loan striker Conor Davis is due return to Reading on December 15th and defender Lee Molyneaux is due to go back to the Hawks at the same time. If I can’t extend their loans, then at least I will have the Pompey players”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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