Ben Close

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Ben Close
Personal information
Full name Ben Easton Close [1]
Date of birth (1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Portsmouth, England[3]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 33
Youth career
Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Portsmouth 59 (2)
2015Poole Town (loan) 7 (1)
2017Eastleigh (loan) 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:22, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

Ben Easton Close (born 8 August 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Portsmouth.

Career[edit]

Portsmouth[edit]

Born in Portsmouth, Close signed a two-year scholarship deal after spending many years in Portsmouth's youth categories.[3] He was an unused substitute for a first team game on 3 May 2014 for a league game against Plymouth Argyle.[4]

On 9 May 2014, Close was offered a one-year professional contract with the club, alongside Bradley Tarbuck.[5] On 12 September 2014, he made his professional debut, coming on as a 43rd minute substitute for Nigel Atangana in a 3–1 away win against Yeovil Town, for the campaign's Football League Trophy.[6]

Close made his League Two debut on 16 September, again from the bench in a 3–0 home success against Dagenham & Redbridge.[7] After playing only 4 games for Pompey in 2016–17, on 31 January 2017, he joined National League side Eastleigh on loan until the end of the season.[8]

On 26 May 2017 Close signed a new one-year contract at Pompey, with the club holding an option for an additional year.[9] On 17 December, after becoming a starter under new manager Kenny Jackett, he extended his contract until 2020.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 September 2018[11]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 2014–15 League Two 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
2015–16 7 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 14 0
2016–17 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0
2017–18 League One 40 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 45 2
2018–19 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 8 1
Total 59 2 6 0 4 0 11 1 80 3
Poole Town (loan) 2014–15 SFL - Premier Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 8 1
Eastleigh (loan) 2016–17 National League 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 73 2 6 0 4 0 14 2 97 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list and free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ben Close - profile". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Eight get blues apprenticeships". www.portsmouthfc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Portsmouth 3–3 Plymouth; BBC Sport, 9 May 2014
  5. ^ Nine players released; Portsmouth FC, 9 May 2014
  6. ^ "Yeovil 1-3 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Portsmouth 3–0 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Close loaned to Eastleigh". Portsmouth FC. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "New Deal for Close". Portsmouth FC. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Close Extends Pompey Contract". Portsmouth FC. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  11. ^ Ben Close at Soccerway

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