Eastbourne Borough have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Portsmouth FC, for Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain to extend his loan at Priory Lane until the end of the season.
Christian completed his second month's loan last weekend, but Tommy Widdrington has been in discussion with the Pompey coaches and, of course, with the player himself. Because the FA and Football Conference offices which deal with the loan administration were running down towards the Christmas break, the agreement is still subject to the paperwork being completed, but the Sports hope to have Oxlade-Chamberlain available for selection on Boxing Day.
"The arrangement is also subject to a recall clause by the parent club," explained Tommy, "which is normal in these cases. It is good news for all parties, and we are once again grateful to Portsmouth FC 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."