CHERRIES development squad midfielder Josh Carmichael is set to make a Wembley appearance after extending his loan at Gosport Borough by another month.
Borough face Conference Premier Cambridge United in the FA Trophy final on Sunday, March 23 and former Poole Grammar School pupil Carmichael will be part of Alex Pike’s squad at the home of English football.
And Privett Park boss Pike has revealed that the 19-year-old has 'a great opportunity to start’ in the showpiece clash.
He told the Daily Echo: “Josh has already had his suit fitted so he’s in the squad. We’ve been sponsored by TM Lewin and we went there last Thursday and he’s been fitted out.
“It’s not a bad stepping stone for the start of his career to play at Wembley and he’s got a great opportunity of starting.
“I’ve had loan players throughout the year and he is by far the best. For me he’s got everything. He’s over six foot, has got good feet and is willing to learn, which is what I like.
“I’ve already spoken to Stephen Purches (Cherries development squad coach) about him and if he doesn’t make pro I’ll be very surprised.
“A lot of his team-mates who he’s training with full-time are supportive and they are going to come up and watch.”
Carmichael featured in Borough’s 3-0 Conference South win at Staines Town on Saturday, a win which meant Pike’s side are now three points away from moving off the bottom.
The youngster initially joined Gosport on a month’s loan in early February.