Carson extends Pompey stay

Trevor Carson. Picture: Barry Zee
Trevor Carson. Picture: Barry Zee
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Pompey have extended Trevor Carson’s contract until the end of the season.

The Bury keeper’s existing loan deal was scheduled to end after tomorrow’s League Two match at Southend United.

However, Blues manager Richie Barker has moved to tie the Northern Irishman to the club for the remainder of the campaign following some encouraging displays.

Carson was one of four players whose Fratton Park deals were set to end next month.

With Barker seeking to revamp his playing squad, doubts were cast over his Pompey future.

But now the former Sunderland stopper is staying put, attention switches to the deals for Shaun Cooper, Marcos Painter and Thery Racon.

Bury had been keen to offload Carson with a view to reducing their wage bill.

Earlier today they extended the contract of their current first-choice keeper Brian Jensen.

In turn, the deal for Carson was renegotiated and Pompey will effectively take over his contract until the season’s end when he becomes a free agent.

However, it still leaves the Blues with three goalkeepers on their books – John Sullivan and Phil Smith the others – which is something Barker will surely need to address.

Cooper will miss tomorrow’s match at Roots Hall through injury, while Racon and Painter are hoping to keep their spots in the starting line-up.