Ex-Pompey starlet training with Horndean

Ashley Harris celebrates scoring for Pompey against Crawley in 2012. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122969-550)

Ashley Harris celebrates scoring for Pompey against Crawley in 2012. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122969-550)

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Ashley Harris has linked up with Wessex League outfit Horndean.

The former Pompey starlet is training with the Deans after his summer release from Fratton Park.

Harris has linked up with Dave Carter’s side to keep his fitness up, as he weighs up his options after leaving the Blues.

The 20-year-old scored when he turned out in a friendly against Hampshire Premier League side Clanfield earlier this month.

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike made it clear he was keen on the Purbrook ace, while Harris was also linked with Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity.

But it’s Horndean he 
has chosen to hone his sharpness with, after he was one of nine players released by Pompey manager Andy Awford in May.

Harris made 35 Blues appearances, scoring three goals, after making his debut in the Championship against Birmingham in 2012.

The attacker’s last Pompey outing arrived on New Year’s Day at Southend.

Harris came on as a first-half substitute at Roots Hall, before being withdrawn with seven minutes left.

Deans boss Carter, who has also signed former Pompey trainee Ellis Martin, admitted he would be keen to sign Harris.

He said: ‘Ashley is training with us and has been playing with us.

‘We have been helping him to get fit and that is why he has been with us.

‘Ashley is not sure what he is doing at the moment.

‘Obviously, we would love to sign him but he has a few trials coming up at a higher level to focus on.’