ADAM WEBSTER has been told he is central in Paul Cook’s Pompey plans.
The 20-year-old is to be retained in his favoured centre-half role under the new boss.
The gaffer has shown great faith in me by handing over a two-year deal, he could easily have got rid of me like the other playersAdam Webster
The West Wittering youngster last week committed his future to Fratton Park after signing a new two-year deal.
Webster and fellow home-grown youngster Ben Close were the only out-of-contract players to survive Cook’s summer purge following his arrival last month.
A key factor was his impressive displays in the final four matches of last season at the centre of defence.
Those performances caught the eye of Cook, who had a representative watching the Blues’ run-in.
Now Webster has been assured by Pompey’s manager that he sees him as a centre-back rather than a versatile full-back.
‘I was really, really pleased with how the season finished, for so long it had been frustrating and I hadn’t played that much or in my natural position,’ said Webster.
‘Then those four matches were probably the best football I have played for Pompey for the first team.
‘I remember in League One under Michael Appleton having a good five-game run and I would say I played well in all of them.
‘But those four at the end of last season were probably the best I have played in a row.
‘Centre-half is my favourite position. I’ve had a couple of other chances to play there but thought I played well at Stevenage and that basically gave me all the confidence to try to do it again.
‘Before then I wasn’t really the most confident around the place. I always knew I could do it but it was just a case of actually fulfilling that.
‘The gaffer has shown great faith in me by handing over a two-year deal. He could easily have got rid of me like the other players.
‘He told me they had the last four games watched and that is obviously why he has given me a new contract.
‘He also wants me to play in the centre of defence.
‘I am just looking forward to showing him exactly what I can do now and return the faith he has shown in me.
‘I don’t really know if other clubs were interested, to be honest. I never really wanted to leave Pompey.
‘Now I’ve got confidence in myself and can’t wait for the season to get started.’
Webster has made 46 appearances and scored three times since his Pompey debut against West Ham in January 2012.
Yet it is mainly at full-back – either right or left – where the central defender by trade has largely featured.
He added: ‘I will play wherever, I don’t mind.
‘I was always playing full-back before which I never minded because I was in the team so that’s fine, I won’t complain about that.
‘But my position is centre-half and that is where you are going to get the best out of me.’