Paul Doswell stressed the importance of Havant & Waterlooville strengthening their links with Portsmouth.

And the new Westleigh Park boss insists the Blues could have first refusal on any upcoming talents they feel are better than non-league standard.

Doswell took charge of the Hawks last month after they parted company with Lee Bradbury following relegation from the National League.

Pompey have traditionally had a close relationship with their near neighbours, loaning some of their youngster to gain first-team experience.

The likes of Calvin Davis, Theo Widdrington and, more notably, Jack Whatmough have had spells at Westleigh Park in recent years.

Kenny Jackett’s men play their annual pre-season friendly against the Hawks on Saturday, July 13.

Doswell is hoping he can utilise the rapport between the two clubs by bringing in some of the fledgling talents at Fratton Park.

But he declared they must be good enough to make the National League South grade.

“We’ll look to progress that (relationship) even more so,” said Doswell. “It’s a huge thing for this football club to stay very close to Portsmouth.”

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