By Scott Taylor
Ryan Fulton has joined League Two side Portsmouth from Premier League side on a youth loan deal until the end of the season. The goalkeeper, 19, is a regular for the Reds’ U21 side and was even captain of Michael Beale’s side in their last fixture, a 2-1 win at Southampton on 11 January. After speculation about Portsmouth’s interest arose nine days ago, Fulton moves to Fratton Park until May 2016, but can still play for Liverpool U21s should the club wish to play him.
Fulton has been with the Merseyside club since he was an U10 player, and recently signed a new contract in December 2015. He impressed for the U18s and was swiftly promoted to the U21s, where has established himself ever since. Overall, he has played 18 games for Beale’s side, keeping three clean sheets and conceding 29 goals. However, the statistics do not reflect the form of the Scottish goalkeeper, who has put in several match-winning performances and is highly-rated by the club.
Fulton also has some European experience under his belt, featuring for Liverpool U19s in the UEFA Youth League. He played against European giants Real Madrid amongst others, keeping two clean sheets in six games in the competition. The shot-stopper has also represented Scotland at youth level, making a single appearance at U16 level before featuring four times for the U19s. He recently was called up to the Scotland U21 side, but has yet to make his debut there.
He joins a Portsmouth side who currently sit in the League Two play-off places, four points off the automatic promotion places. Paul Cook’s men also have a good defensive record so far this season, losing just three times in 25 games, and conceding 22 goals in the process. He will provide competition for both Paul Jones and Brian Murphy, and could even make his debut against Oxford United tomorrow, should he be eligible to play.