Awford plays down loan move

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford has played down the chance of Bournemouth youngster, Sam Matthews, joining Pompey on loan – for the time being.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder impressed after playing for the Blues in the midweek friendly with Hawks.

That sparked suggestions the teenage talent was about to join the club on loan.

But Awford insists it was purely to run the rule over a player who has been recommended to him by Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

Awford said: ‘There’s no chance of us taking him at the moment.

‘He trained with us on Monday and then he played in the game.

‘It was just an opportunity to look at a young player in our own environment who Eddie thinks a lot of and has recommended to me.

‘You get a better idea of him as a player if you see him in a blue shirt, rather than a red and black one.

‘I wanted to watch him at close quarters, just in case we need that type of player to come in at some point.

‘It was literally a look.

‘It won’t happen tomorrow or next week.

‘He’s not the first and he won’t be the last.’

While the youngster is clearly on the Blues’ radar, Awford insists there are plenty of others as well, as he makes sure he is prepared if he needs a loan recruit.

He said: ‘If we need to go and get one at short notice, it’s no good sitting there scratching your head. You need to be ready.

‘I get on very well with Eddie Howe and Steve Purches, the under-21 manager, there.

‘It can work well for them as well. If we want to take a young lad on loan and give them some league experience, why not?

‘Bournemouth are a good, strong side with plenty of players.’