Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has challenged young defender Matt Casey to make an impact at his next club, with Pompey hoping to send the youngster out on loan, with a National League club their preference for Casey.

Portsmouth’s 19-year-old defender Matt Casey is set to make a loan move away soon, while he continues his recovery from a dead leg injury.

While a promising talent, the chances of Casey breaking into the starting 11 at Fratton Park are slim, so a loan move away is preferred to help him continue his development and get more senior experience under his belt.

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Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has challenged Casey to impress wherever he plays next, with the club wanting him to play at a higher level after spending time on loan with the likes of Weymouth, Gosport Borough and Basingstoke Town over the course of the past year or so.

“Matt Casey has been out with a dead leg but he will go out on loan,” Jackett said.

Weymouth wanted experience again but he has progressed again and got stronger.

“It’s never easy to get into any team. When you say go out on loan, no-one can guarantee they play. They’ve just got to go and you’ve got to hope it works out as a manager.

“In the end, though, the player has got to be good enough and find a way to get into the team. That is part of it. There are no guarantees but the ideal is he goes out, earns that spot, keeps it and progresses in men’s football.”

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