Ex­tended Pom­pey deal chimes with school­boy’s dream

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page -

A GO­DALM­ING young­ster has been given a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with League One side Portsmouth.

James How­ell, a Year 7 King Ed­ward’s Wit­ley pupil, was scouted at the age of seven by the south coast side and will spend an­other cou­ple of years with the club.

How­ell ini­tially joined Portsmouth’s academy just be­fore his sev­enth birth­day. Of the 100 or so boys and girls who were first se­lected, he is one of only four whose con­tract has been re­newed.

Sport­ing prow­ess clearly runs in the fam­ily; sis­ter Lot­tie used to play for Eng­land in rounders (U14s team) and now fo­cuses on lacrosse, where she plays for the U17 Eng­land re­gional devel­op­ment squad.

Fol­low­ing his foot­ball dream means James has to train three nights away and also plays ev­ery Sun­day for his club, which can be at a venue any­where in the south of Eng­land. As a day pupil at King Ed­ward’s, sup­port is pro­vided to help the tal­ented foot­baller bal­ance his sport­ing com­mit­ments with his stud­ies.

He has al­ready proved him­self as a huge as­set to the King Ed­ward’s Wit­ley foot­ball team, play­ing in the U12 Fut­sal side which re­cently cel­e­brated suc­cess as run­ners-up in the Sur­rey FA County tour­na­ment.

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