Portsmouth sign Northern Ireland prospects Gerard Storey and Harry Anderson
Two promising young Northern Ireland players have signed for League One side Portsmouth.
Portadown FC pair Gerard Storey and Harry Anderson have both agreed deals to move to England's south coast.
Storey has been part of the Club NI pathway and was signed by Portadown from Ridgeway Rovers last summer, with a view to giving him the first team opportunity that could catapult him into the professional game.
While Anderson didn't enjoy as much senior football during the season, he is an Under 16 international striker who has played for Portadown for over 10 years.
Having also played for Newington and Cliftonville, midfielder Storey was part of the County Antrim team that won the SuperCupNI Junior section in 2017, scoring a header to help his side beat GPS Bayern in the final. Anderson played for County Armagh at the tournament.
Portadown Director of Football Peter Hunniford pointed to manager Matthew Tipton's connections in England as the club announced the moves and hoped that they would convince other young players to join the County Armagh club.
Tipton told the club's official media: "Gerard came to us a year ago with my promise to him that he would play first team football and with that would come the opportunity to get a move to full time football.
"I think everyone that has seen Gerard play this season realised that his ability and potential would mean that it wouldn't be long before his opportunity would arise. I now hope he goes on with his development and makes a successful career for himself in England.
"Harry probably isn't as well known as Gerard to followers of our first team however he is a young man with tremendous potential as a centre forward and has been a mainstay of our successful Under 20s league winning team over the last two seasons.
"Having been with the club since the age of six, this is a tremendous move for Harry and also great reward for all of the youth coaches who have worked with him over the past 10 years especially Gary Magee, Noel Cowan , Peter Mullen and Neil McCullough. Both boys go with my warmest wishes for a long and successful career."
Belfast Telegraph Digital