Boss set to request winger’s loan extension

David Cotterill has impressed during his loan spell at Fratton Park
David Cotterill has impressed during his loan spell at Fratton Park
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill will pursue a loan extension for David Cotterill.

The Swansea winger’s current loan spell is due to expire after the trip to Leicester City on March 19.

But the Blues boss has been impressed with the Welshman’s impact and is hopeful his bid to keep him at Fratton Park for longer will be accepted by Swans counterpart Brendan Rodgers.

The Pompey boss said: ‘I will speak to Brendan when the time is right.

‘In between March 12 and 19, we’ve got a week’s break and I will probably have a chat with him then to see if his thoughts are the same as when we signed David.

‘After 28 days, they have a recall clause anyway.

‘Unless he is going back into their team, he may want him to stay here and play some more games while we pick up his wages

‘From our conversations we had earlier on, they might want him to stay here until the end of the season rather than taking up some money on their wage bill.’

The 23-year-old has struck up a good understanding with Ritchie de Laet on Pompey’s right flank and the Blues boss has paid tribute to his collection of loan players who have played such a major part for him this term.

He said: ‘David’s fitted in really well. Him and Ritchie de Laet have done very well out there.

‘We’ve been pleased with all of our loans. They are on loan but they have come in and all of them have given their all – every single one of them and we appreciate their help.

‘It’s nice that they have made noises about staying, and it’s credit to the other boys in the dressing room that have made them feel welcome.’