ADAM WEBSTER will be kept at Fratton Park next season.
Andy Awford revealed he intends to bring the defender into the first-team picture in his first full campaign as Pompey boss.
Webster thrived in a loan stint at Skrill Premier Aldershot last term.
The 19-year-old made 24 appearances for the Shots as they managed to survive in the division on goal difference.
Daniel Alfei got injured during his stay from Swansea.
And Awford was quick to bring Webster back from the Recreation Ground.
Webster responded with two goals in four appearances at the end of the campaign.
Awford was quick to hand Webster another contract when announcing the retained players’ list.
Despite still being at a formative stage of his career, the Pompey boss isn’t looking to get Webster out on loan again in the new campaign.
He feels that he is now ready to battle for a place in the first team when the players return for pre-season training at the end of next month.
Awford said: ‘Dan Alfei got injured so we brought Adam back last season.
‘He’d had a great year at Aldershot where he played men’s football a lot.
‘He’s one that we think can now come into the squad and play some games next year.’
Meanwhile, Awford has kept the door open for a Pompey return for Alfei and Michael Drennan.
The pair were two of the four players on loan at Fratton Park at the end of the season.
They have both now returned to their parent clubs with Alfei at Swansea and Drennan coming through the ranks at Aston Villa.
Alfei made 15 appearances after being recruited by Richie Barker with Drennan grabbing three goals from five starts, with five further outings off the bench.
Awford’s priorities appear to centre on Danny Hollands and Trevor Carson but he is keeping his options open when it comes to all the loanees.
He said: ‘The other lads have gone back to their parent clubs and we’ll see what happens with those.
‘We’ll see how that all progresses.’