It's been a long way back up for Pompey new boy
Tuesday, 11th Jun 2019 23:12 by pompey-fans.com staff
James Bolton has spoken of his battle to be noticed at non-league level and revive his dream to make it big as a pro.
The Pompey new signing was released by Stoke as a youngster and ended up in the non-league game - but says he never gave up hope of getting back in the Football League.
He did that with Shrewsbury under Paul Hurst, and now feels he is making another big step up by joining Pompey.
The right-back joined the Blues on a three-year deal last week and told The News: 'I never would’ve thought it would happen (a big move). I played a lot of non-league football and sometimes it’s easy to get a little bit lost down there.
‘It can be quite hard to get out of it once you are down there. It can be quite hard to find a team to take a chance on you. You can never say the dream is dying, though.
‘It’s just a matter of taking chances and doing as well as you can. There’s a lot of good players down there. There are players who aren’t as fortunate to get that chance to play in the league.
‘But it’s a good standard and I think there’s a lot of players at non-league level capable of making the step up.
‘I was playing week-in, week-out (at Gateshead) but you just want someone to take a chance on you. Luckily for me Shrewsbury did and I will be forever grateful for that. To be honest, I thought I would go there and be a bit-part player.
‘It didn’t work out like that, though. I got into the team and became a main starter. I’ve been able to rise to it so far and hopefully I can continue to do that at Portsmouth.’