Young gun showing the right hunger

13/7/13   ''Bognor Regis Town FC playing Pompey. Jack Maloney''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131957-64)
13/7/13 ''Bognor Regis Town FC playing Pompey. Jack Maloney''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131957-64)

Guy Whittingham praised Jack Maloney’s search for first-team football.

Maloney agreed a month’s loan at Skrill Premier outfit Aldershot last week as he looks for playing time at senior level.

The 18-year-old attacker joins Adam Webster at the Recreation Ground, with the defender making five starts for the Shots.

Maloney was an unused sub in his side’s 2-1 over Woking on Saturday.

But Whittingham expects him to see plenty of football in his time away from Fratton Park.

He praised Maloney’s attitude in seeking valuable playing time to help his development.

Whittingham said: ‘It’s good for Jack to go out.

‘We know it’s important for our players to get out and gain experience.

‘It gives him the opportunity to get out and play first-team football.

‘Jack had said he wants to go out and get minutes – and he should do as well.

‘We want them doing more than just playing development games all the time.’

Ashley Harris was another player linked with a move to Aldershot – before he picked up a calf problem which stopped him training last week.

The Purbrook hitman has also made it clear he is keen to gain playing time elsewhere after fleeting involvement so far this season.

That attitude impresses Whittingham, who also wants to see development squad players Nick Awford, Josh Warren, Liam Triggs and George Branford go out on loan.

There has been no movement on that front so far, however.

Whittingham said: ‘We want them all to get out and play games.

‘But there’s nothing happening with the other lads at the moment.’