Former Pompey man on leaving professional football

Published: 26/09/2023

Former Pompey youngster, Harry Kavanagh, has spoken of his decision to not pursue a career in professional football and how he doesn’t regret it “not one bit”. 

Posting on his LinkedIn page, Kavanagh said: 

“Last week it had been 3 years since my debut at Pompey. From the tender age of 6, I had dreamt of that moment.

Fast forward 6 months after that unforgettable moment, everything changed. I received the news that I was being released, and it felt as if everything I had worked for was slipping away.

However, during that season, amidst the highs and lows of professional football, I took a leap and started my very first business. And let me tell you, it was the best decision I ever made.

In the wake of the news, I found a sense of clarity. I no longer felt the burning desire to pursue a career solely in “Professional Football.” Despite the advice of many skeptics, I knew deep down that it wasn’t for me anymore.

When people ask me if I regret my decision, my answer is a resounding “Not one bit.”

I discovered new passions and a renewed sense of purpose. I embraced the power of making my own decisions, following the path that truly resonated with what I wanted. And you know what? It has been an incredible journey of self-discovery and growth.

Lesson = Make your own decisions. Trust your instincts and have the courage to forge your own path.”

Kavanagh made two EFL Trophy appearances for the Blues, and now plays for Gosport Borough. Following his departure, he’s been heavily involved in property and is now the Managing Director of Harry Kavanagh Property Holdings