Confidence is growing as Maguire extends Blues stay

Chris Maguire. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121104-14)
Chris Maguire. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121104-14)
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Chris Maguire insists his confidence is growing with every appearance after extending his loan deal at Pompey.

The 23-year-old Scotland international has been a useful addition for the Blues in recent weeks, scoring twice in six appearances since his move from Derby County.

And after signing an initial one-month loan deal, the striker sealed an extension yesterday that will see him in the Pompey ranks for the remainder of the season.

But he will miss the home clash against his parent club on April 21 under the terms of the agreement.

After being given his opportunity for regular first-team football by Blues boss Michael Appleton, Maguire is keen to repay the manager’s faith.

Maguire said: ‘If you ask any player, confidence is a big part of their game.

‘I feel when I go out on the pitch, I can do it if I get the ball.

‘You need games under your belt to show people and the more you play and get picked, the better your confidence.

‘At the moment, I am getting that confidence and I want to repay the manager.

‘I have to thank the manager for giving me that opportunity.’

While some players might have chosen to avoid the current situation at Fratton Park, Maguire has shown in his short time at the club he is ready to battle for the cause.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t enjoy this challenge.

‘I knew it was a tough situation before I arrived but I’ve come here to work hard and not accept defeat.

‘Every game is coming quickly and I’m loving every minute of it.

‘I want to show people I want it just as much as everybody else.

‘Hopefully I can show that fight in me for the rest of the season.’