Ben Close has signed a new one-year Pompey deal, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.
The 20-year-old midfielder has made 27 appearances since graduating from the Blues’ academy.
“Ben got some vital match experience on loan at the end of the season and is now ready to fight and earn a starting spot at Portsmouth” Brian Howard – Sidekick Management
He spent the second half of the campaign on loan at National League side Eastleigh after injuries halted his progress at his parent club.
Close said: “I’m extremely happy to have signed a new deal to remain at Fratton Park.
Now I’m ready to work hard and really kick on next season to try to nail down a starting place for Pompey.
Hopefully this will be the year when I can get a regular run of games in the side. That’s what I’m looking to do.”
Ben’s agent Brian Howard added “Ben has a big future ahead and we’ve all work hard off the pitch to correct the niggles which were hampering his progress. Ben got some vital match experience on loan at the end of the season and is now ready to fight and earn a starting spot at Portsmouth”