This is after Alfy Whittingham, son of former prolific PO4 marksman Guy, moved to Westleigh Park on a first month loan deal with National League side Aldershot.
After being told the Shots would miss playing time in the short term at least, the 23-year-old returned to the club where it all started for him in search of some well-deserved minutes.
Whittingham was part of the Hawks’ Academy set up at nearby South Downs College as a teenager, earning a place in and around Lee Bradbury’s first team, but failed to make the desired breakthrough.
But the Whiteley-raised midfielder has established himself as a National League operator in recent years, making 69 league appearances and scoring six times for Aldershot since joining the Recreation Ground from Hungerford in the summer of 2019.
Now, with Shots boss Mark Molesley making it clear his time on the pitch will be limited in the coming weeks, Whittingham returns to the Hawks on a short-term deal keen to overturn Paul Doswell’s squad form at short term.
“I know the club well, I grew up in the area, I was at South Downs College when I was younger,” Whittingham revealed.
“I didn’t play much when I was here originally, I was a young lad on the fringes of the first team, I didn’t play much.
“I can’t wait to come here now, to have games and to help the boys progress in the league.
“I’m in a situation where I’m not going to play at Aldershot at the moment, they’ve made that very clear, so for me it’s my career, it’s my life, I have to stay fit and play.
“They didn’t want me at Aldershot at the moment so for me it’s a good club in Havant, it’s a good manager in Paul – I’ve known him for a long time – there’s also a good team there so I want to come here, do my thing, work hard and pick up as many points as possible next month.
Unlike former retired father Guy, who scored 115 goals in 226 appearances over three spells at Pompey – where he also later returned as manager – Alfy operates as a central midfielder.
Hawks boss Paul Doswell is looking forward to working with Alfy Whittingham in what could be a brief stint, although he admitted it is too early to make an appeal on how long his spell at Westleigh Park will last.
Doswell said: “I think with Alfy it’s about finishing that first month. Aldershot is still fine I think they have brought in players – that’s what happened – if they are still fine and there is no chance of Alfy coming back to the 16 at Aldershot , I’m sure he will be happy to play here.
“I think the first thing is we have to see how this first month goes.”