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Ex-Portsmouth star refuses to give up Football League dream after heartbreaking rejection from Fratton Park

The striker would begin the demoralizing process of finding a new club, consisting of trials at Burnley, Wycombe and Eastleigh.

Yet in September, Dorchester Town offered Stanley the stage to shine, securing him for the season.

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The North End lad currently tops the Southern League Premier South club’s goalscoring charts, with 10 goals in 24 appearances in his debut season.

And despite his painful setback at Fratton Park, he remains determined to fulfill his footballing aspirations.

He said The news: ‘I’m desperate to come back and play full time, that’s my ambition, but I also need to play to achieve that.

“It was September, I had had trials and I was still without a club, I couldn’t afford to wait any longer, I needed to come out and show what I could do.”

Alfie Stanley is rebuilding his career at Dorchester after ending 13 years at Pompey in June 2021. Picture: Dennis Goodwin/ProSportsImage

“Fortunately, I managed to join Dorchester, who have been fantastic with me. It’s a brilliant club, I owe them so much.

“As a young boy you have to play to develop. It toughens you up, makes you wiser, makes you sharper, you can’t do much in training.

“Last year at Pompey I trained with the first team throughout the season. I played two first team games, two reserve games and had a nine game loan at Bognor .

“All the young guys were pretty much in the same boat as me, desperate to play football. Now I’m jumping in and showing what I can do. It’s about playing matches.

Alfie Stanley signs under-nine forms at Pompey – a Fratton Park association which ended last summer

“I’m at Dorchester until the end of the season and my ambition is to come back and play full time somewhere. I’m happy to go anywhere.

“My dream remains to be a full-time professional footballer and make a career out of it. I’m still young, who knows what will happen.

Dorchester host Hendon on Saturday, one of their four remaining fixtures as they strive to improve their league standings from 19th.

As Stanley looks to add to his encouraging goal tally.

He added: “I know I can do more. I’m never happy to settle for something, I always want more.

“I’ve actually played out of position for most of the season. I’ve been left winger, right in three in midfield – with only half of my games as a striker.

“It was a good experience, I will play wherever I am asked and I learned so much.

“However, striker is definitely my best position. In my time at Pompey, that’s where I liked to play. That’s where I believe to be the most dangerous.

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