Pompey v Barnet: Goal ace Conor Chaplin keen to ink deal

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

CONOR CHAPLIN committed his future to Pompey as he fired them into the promotion berths.

The emerging teenage sensation served up more evidence of his prodigious talent as he bagged a double in the 3-1 win over Barnet.

Chaplin grabbed his first League Two goals of the campaign and took his tally to four for the season with two clinical finishes.

All of those have come in front of the Fratton faithful as the 18-year-old underlines his potential.

Paul Cook has made it clear he wants to hand Chaplin a new deal with his current agreement running until the end of the campaign.

Chaplin explained he has no desire to be playing anywhere else as a dream opening to his career continues.

There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

Conor Chaplin

The Worthing ace was given his chance by Cook as he was handed his first league start of the campaign.

And he took that opportunity with both hands with another statement of intent.

Chaplin said: ‘It was a good day and there’s nothing better than scoring in front of the Fratton End.

‘But it’s what I’m expected to do. It’s what I’m paid for.

‘I’ll go home satisfied but one game isn’t the be all and end all. You have to be consistent or I won’t go anywhere.

‘I won’t be resting on my laurels. I have to keep improving – I have loads to work on.

‘I’d love to sign, without a doubt. I can’t see myself playing football anywhere else.

‘I’ve heard as much as anyone else about it really.

‘But you can see from the Barnet game why I wouldn’t want to be playing my football anywhere else than Portsmouth.

‘There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

‘I have to pinch myself really. I get goose bumps playing here.’

Despite taking his goals with clinical aplomb, Chaplin felt he should have done better with other chances in the game.

The Academy graduate also thinks his showing does not offer any guarantee of him keeping his place in the Blues’ third-placed side for Saturday’s trip to Oxford United.

Chaplin said: ‘The keeper made a good save in the second half, but I would expect myself to put it a yard either side of him.

‘If I’m being really critical I could have scored before the goal, too. I didn’t have much to aim at, but I would expect to score that.

‘I’d like to think I’d finish them but I’ve got great people to learn from and give me advice. I work on my weaknesses and keep working and improving.’

‘I’m not expecting to play now, though. It’s up to the manager. We’ve got a lot of good players at this club

‘I want to play football, but, if you look at the grand scheme of things I’m 18 years old.

‘I’m playing in front of 17,000 or 18,000 fans at one of the best supported clubs in the world. It doesn’t get much better than that.’