Webster eyeing becoming a Pompey regular

Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler

Adam Webster is looking to raise his game as he bids to cement his place as Pompey’s right-back.

The 19-year-old is involved in a familiar push for regular first-team football – a battle which began during Steve Cotterill’s regime.

Since his January 2012 debut, the West Wittering youngster has made 28 Blues appearances, of which 12 have come as a substitute.

Yet Webster’s development remains promising and Andy Awford has selected him at right-back for the Blues’ past three friendlies.

It’s a role he is vying Alex Wynter for and – when back to fitness – Danny East in the season ahead.

And the versatile defender intends to reproduce the form which caught the Fratton faithful’s eye at the end of last term.

‘I’m really enjoying playing at right-back,’ said Webster.

‘The gaffer has said if I am needed to play centre half he knows I can do that and maybe in a few years that is where I will be.

‘But at the minute, playing right-back and featuring for a lot of games is where I need to be.

‘There is plenty of competition there with Alex Wynter, Danny East, Joe Devera can play there, while Ben Close came in against Bognor.

‘I have done alright pre-season but am not where I want to be.

‘I would say my performances aren’t where they were at the end of last season so if I can get them there that would be good.

‘I played the last few games there last year and did well so hopefully I can carry that into the season.

‘It’s funny, at Aldershot on loan I only played a couple of games at right-back, I was normally centre half, but I like playing there.

‘Hopefully I can cement my place – and get a few more goals!’

Webster finds himself in the frame to line-up against Exeter this weekend in the League Two opener.

It’s natural progression for the teenager who spent most of last season on loan at Aldershot during two spells.

Awford recalled him from the Skrill Conference for the final month of the campaign, with Webster subsequently making four substitute appearances and netting twice.

Now he’s seeking to continue being involved in the Blues’ first team.

He added: ‘When I went back to Aldershot for my second loan spell I wasn’t really playing.

‘I’d had two or three games and then Richie Barker got sacked and, obviously, I’ve quite a close relationship with the gaffer so he put me straight back in.

‘I was shattered when I came back against Hartlepool – it was my first game for about three weeks!

‘Now my aim is to play as many games as I can and help the team get promoted.’