Date: Sat 12 Aug 2023

By Steve Whitney

Another Ex-Pompey Player Becomes a Stag

Jimmy Ball, manager of Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South club AFC Totton, has added another exciting ex-Pompey player to his ranks with the signing of 22-year-old Leon Maloney.

Born on the Isle of Wight in 2001, Maloney took part in the `Pompey in the Community` training sessions on the island from the age of 8, and joined the Fratton Park club’s youth ranks when he was 10-years-old.

His Portsmouth debut came as a 54th minute substitute in a 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Southend United in January 2019 (prior to Pompey going on to lift the trophy with a penalty shoot-out victory over Sunderland at Wembley Stadium).

Maloney scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win against Northampton Town in the same competition the following season.

In-between those Portsmouth first team appearances, the winger – who can also play as an attacking midfielder in the No.10 role – had two loan spells with Isthmian League Premier Division side Bognor Regis Town, either side of the 2019 summer break.

In January 2020, Maloney signed for Dutch side FC Volendam.

Stags boss Jimmy Ball told his club’s website: “We’re hoping to help Leon restore his bright football career after his time in Holland. He suffered a bad injury at a crucial time in his development.

“It was a setback but it’s not the end of his journey. Leon has an opportunity to come into a well-run club with excellent fitness staff who can help him get back to his previous levels.

“He’s an attacking midfielder who is comfortable on the ball and can provide great deliveries from set-pieces. He has impressed in the short spell he’s been with us, training enthusiastically and playing well against Hamworthy, and I hope to see him making a positive difference for us in competitive matches, soon”.

AFC Totton Web Site

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