Eastbourne Borough have signed young midfielder Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain on loan from League Two side Portsmouth until the end of the season.

The locally-born Pompey academy graduate, who signed his first professional deal at the end of last season, originally joined Boro in November and has been a regular in the side.

He had already made his debut for Pompey from the bench in a Johnstone`s Paint Trophy tie at Exeter City and has also gained experience with spells on loan at Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West side Wimborne Town and, earlier this season, with Steve Claridge at another Southern Division One South & West outfit, Salisbury.

Christian is the son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain and younger brother of current Arsenal and England star Alex.

“The arrangement is also subject to a recall clause by the parent club,” explained manager Tommy Widdrington, “which is normal in these cases. It is good news for all parties, and we are once again grateful to Portsmouth for their help and readiness to work with us.”

“Christian’s extended stay can benefit everyone. At his age, he is learning all the time, and gaining match experience at the high competitive level that National South offers. We will continue to use him carefully, and he is a valuable option to me and an asset to the squad. As well as his playing ability, Christian is a fine young man who conducts himself admirably and is a credit to himself and his parent club. I am sure that supporters will be delighted to hear this news”.

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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