Rooks add talented Pompey teenager on month-long loan

Jack Maloney, centre, and Nick Awford, left. Portsmouth take on IBV at Fratton Park in support of the Pompey Supporters' Trust. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131047-3466)
Jack Maloney, centre, and Nick Awford, left. Portsmouth take on IBV at Fratton Park in support of the Pompey Supporters' Trust. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131047-3466)

New Lewes loan signing Jack Maloney will soon establish himself as a fans’ favourite at the Dripping Pan, according to assistant manager Danny Bloor.

The highly-rated Portsmouth youngster, who has already made 11 appearances for the Pompey first team, put pen to paper on a one-month Lewes loan deal last Friday.

After Charlie Penny’s successful loan spell was cut short last month, manager Garry Wilson and Bloor were keen to add another attacking player to the squad - as revealed in last Friday’s Sussex Express.

Bloor said: “He is an attacking player and he can play in any of the front positions.

“When we get a chance to get him on the pitch I think we will see a real talent and I think he will be a favourite of the Lewes fans.”

Maloney is a product of Pompey’s academy. The 19-year-old attacker has been with the club since the age of nine and has been a part of their first team squad for the past year.

The Rooks’ capture of Maloney was helped by Bloor’s friendship with Portsmouth’s chief scout Martin Hinshelwood, Bloor adding that Lewes ‘like to make relationships with professional clubs’.

Bloor said the side are targeting three points from tomorrow’s game, when Wingate & Finchley visit the Dripping Pan, but added the weather may claim yet another postponement.

He said: “The weather forecasts are pretty accurate these days - I am a betting man and I would say it is probably unlikely we will play on Saturday.

“We are looking to complete our first double of the season, we won at their place earlier in the season.

“They are a good footballing side and it’s a game we are looking forward to because they play the game in the right manner.”

Lewes have played at home just once this year, and their last four fixtures have been postponed.

Bloor added: “Every non-league club is in the same boat, it is a really frustrating time for non-league footballers.

“The players are in good condition and when the weather does relent it is going to be a hectic time playing twice a week and sometimes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“It is not ideal but if we get in form we can win plenty of games.”

The dates of the rescheduled fixtures mean Lewes will finish the season by playing at home ten times in their last 14 league matches.