Date: 4th July 2007 at 12:08pm
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We have finally signed a striker – the draw back is the fella is only a kid, so we will not be seeing him for a while.

Pompey look to be investing in the future as well as the present with the signings of Paris Cowan-Hall and Callum Reynolds from Blue Square Premier Division side Rushden & Diamonds for an undisclosed compensation fee.

This striker is 16-year old Paris Cowan-Hall – Rushden & Diamonds club secretary Matt Wild told the Rushden & Diamonds site ‘we offered a two year scholarship to Paris last season which he decided to decline upon. This then left him free to sign for another club subject to compensation being payable. After much hype surrounding the player we agreed terms with Portsmouth this week leaving the player free to sign for them’.

Wild added ‘it goes without saying that we wish both players all the very best. We are obviously disappointed to lose the pair but we don’t want to stand in their way in terms of their career to which we are confident they will both go on to achieve great things’.

I do not know anything about Cowan-Hall or his 17-year old team mate Reynolds, but it is refreshing to see us investing in some youth.

I had to laugh when I read the thoughts on the Rushden & Diamonds site though when they said ‘the pair will now join Portsmouth’s highly successful youth system’ – how many players have we produced recently?

Cowan-Hall is said to have had a trial with Chelsea last season and he even trained with United during a long spell with the club – so he seems to have a pedigree that has not gone unnoticed by the very best.

PLAY UP POMPEY!