Conor Chaplin earmarked for new Pompey deal

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Chaplin has scored two goals in six matches this season
  • Adam Webster and Ben Close have both signed new deals since Paul Cook became manager

Paul Cook is eager to reward Conor Chaplin with a new Fratton Park deal.

Pompey want talks with the forward with the aim of securing his long-term future at Fratton Park.

When you look at Conor, he epitomises what is good in the game and that is great for us all. He’s a great kid around the place

Paul Cook

Chaplin is presently contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2016, with the option of an additional 12 months.

Yet since penning his last deal in October 2014, the youngster has made the first-team breakthrough.

The 18-year-old has gone on to make 15 appearances, scoring three times, including twice this season.

Cook has been hugely impressed with the Worthing youngster since arriving as manager in the summer.

And he revealed the club are ready to offer a fresh contract.

Cook said: ‘Of course we want to give Conor a new contract. He is a smashing kid and it is something we are looking at.

‘We want to tie all our young lads up with new deals but we want them to keep a bit about themselves as well.

‘Mark Kelly has done a fantastic job on the lads there.

‘These lads are growing up grounded and that is a great quality in football today.

‘A lot of the younger lads in football are away with the fairies – these lads aren’t.

‘We certainly spoke about the possibility of a new deal in the summer and it was suggested once the season got under way we will sort something out.

‘That is now something we are looking at.

‘When you look at Conor, he epitomises what is good in the game and that is great for us all. He’s a great kid around the place.

‘These lads have got to have a pathway and they have to believe in what we are doing as well. It’s not just a case of we tell them what to do.

‘When you see lads like Conor about the club, I think they are quite happy.

‘There has got to be the trust, there is a reason why you give players longer contracts.’

Last month Ben Close was given a new deal to keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.

In addition, Adam Webster signed a two-year contract in June after catching the eye at the end of last season.

The Blues now want Chaplin to follow suit as he continues to impress after graduating from Mark Kelly’s Pompey Academy.

The youngest of the trio has made six appearances so far during the campaign, scoring against both Derby County and Reading in the Capital One Cup.

Cook added: ‘With the younger lads it is important we don’t give them too much, too soon.

‘They must also trust us with their futures and we trust them as well, so it’s a two-way thing.

‘Certainly with Conor I think he fully deserves to be looked at like that, without a doubt, and we’ll be looking at getting him a new contract when we can.’