Pompey: Jack Whatmough in Spitfires' sights

Eastleigh are keen to recruit Jack Whatmough on loan.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 5:58 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:31 pm
Jack Whatmough had a spell on loan at the Hawks. Picture: Paul Jacobs (160012-20)

And Pompey are weighing up whether to send the defender to the Silverlake Stadium to build his fitness.

Eastleigh have registered their interest in Whatmough with 12 games remaining in their campaign.

The Spitfires reached the FA Cup third round and took Bolton Wanderers to a replay before losing.

They also have ambitions of reaching the Football League but sit 10th in the National League table after the weekend’s results.

That’s off the back of a dreadful run of one win in their past 13 games.

Boss Chris Todd has now earmarked Whatmough to plug a defence which has been steadily leaking goals of late.

The 19-year-old is building momentum after making his return from a cruciate knee injury in January.

That kept him out for 10 months after a clash with striker Shaun Harrad against Cheltenham last March.

Whatmough had been building his momentum in the National South with the Hawks.

He made six appearances after joining Lee Bradbury’s side before returning to Paul Cook’s squad last month.

Now Cook is keen to see the Gosport talent go out on loan again.

Pompey will be looking for assurances Whatmough will pick up the game time he needs to continue his comeback successfully.

That could then free him up to join some familiar faces currently playing with Eastleigh.

Matt Tubbs has failed to score in five appearances since moving to the club on loan.

Keeper Michael Poke is also with the outfit after being released by Pompey in January.