Steve Claridge has given Salisbury a boost on the eve of the new season by completing a loan deal for Portsmouth wide player Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of the big Evo-Stik League Southern opener against Evesham United tomorrow.

Christian, 18, the younger brother of Arsenal and England International Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, trained at the Ray Mac with the first team on Thursday night and goes straight into the squad for the Division One South and West game.

He was an unused substitute for Portsmouth’s pre-season visit in July which saw The Whites twice battle back to claim a 2-2 draw.

The signing will ease the pain for Whites of losing Danny Young with a recurrence of a shoulder injury and came about thanks to good work by Whites’ Director of Football Micky Jenkins.

“Christian is a talented player and will add something to us,” said the Whites manager. “We are extremely grateful to the Pompey manager Paul Cook for loaning Christian to us.”


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