Cotterill relaxed over defender uncertainty

Hermann Hreidarsson
Hermann Hreidarsson
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Steve Cotterill has insisted he remains relaxed over the Pompey future of Hermann Hreidarsson.

The Blues still haven’t managed to agree terms on a new 12-month contract for the veteran defender.

It is situation which has been dragging on for almost two months.

As a result, when Pompey’s players return to pre-season training on Friday it is still not clear whether Hreidarsson will be among them.

Chief executive David Lampitt and the Icelandic international’s agent Olafur Gardarsson are continuing to talk.

It is understood the sticking point is over a vastly-reduced level of pay.

Despite the ongoing uncertainly over whether Hreidarsson will be coming back for a fifth Fratton Park season, though, Cotterill remains comfortable with the situation.

He said: ‘It is with David Lampitt and they are chewing over terms still.

‘It is not a problem, there is no big sweat there. It isn’t anything I am worried about.

‘There is no deadline for Hermann to sign – I don’t need to do that.

‘We’ll just see what happens.’

Meanwhile, David Nugent is reported to be poised to seal his free transfer move to Leicester.

But Cotterill has still to hear anything from the striker over where his future lies.

He said: ‘I haven’t heard anything from David.

‘I know he’s away on holiday at the moment because somebody bumped into him the other day who I know.

‘He hasn’t told us what his decision is.

‘But I think at the end of the day David will tell me as and when it is right.

‘That situation hasn’t stopped me going after other players, though.’