Carson unsure on Blues stay

Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Trevor Carson. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Trevor Carson admits his Pompey future is up in the air again.

The on-loan Blues goalkeeper arrived from Bury in October after Guy Whittingham drafted him in.

Carson has now played 13 times and kept two clean sheets but his deal expires on January 2 – so, as things stand, his final game will be the New Year’s Day trip to Southend.

And although he was set to agree a long-term deal under the previous boss, he admits he now has no idea if he will be offered the same terms under Richie Barker.

But he’s desperate to stay.

Carson said: ‘Just before Guy left, he rang me up to say “we want you to stay and sort out a long-term future”.

‘It was great and then all of a sudden he gets the sack and it’s back to square one.

‘The new manager has probably had a lot more on his plate this past week so I haven’t had that discussion with him yet.

‘It’s the manager’s decision but I have made it clear that I really want to stay.

‘But there are a lot more important things to be addressed at the club than my contract.’

The former Bury man played under Barker during their time together at Gigg Lane but is unsure it will have any bearing.

Carson said: ‘I’ve been in the game long enough to know that until something is signed, you don’t know.

‘I want to stay – big time.

‘Personally, I think I’ve done okay since I’ve been here.

‘I do like playing under pressure but I do feel that I am constantly trying to prove myself.

‘It can have a negative effect at times because you try too hard on a few things.

‘But with three or four games left, I want to impress the manager and hopefully make his mind up to give me a contract or a loan extension, at least.

‘I want to look after my family so I need to know sooner or later.

‘If it’s “on your bike” then fair enough. I’ve had an unbelievable time here.

‘Results haven’t been great but it’s an experience I’ve enjoyed. If it happens for me, it’s a bonus.

‘If not, I wish the club well and I’ll give my utmost in the last four games to improve the results.’

Regardless of his own uncertain future, Carson believes the new man at the helm is the right sort of character to turn struggling Pompey around.

He said: ‘I think he will bring in exactly what we are missing.

‘He is a winner, he is a leader and he doesn’t accept 99-per-cent – he only wants 100-per-cent.

‘If someone is not pulling their weight, he will let them know.

‘He’s a big lad and he takes no nonsense. It’s probably what we needed as a group.

‘We were in our comfort zone a bit but it’s a kick up the backside that some of us need.

‘I’m confident that results will improve under the new manager.’