Defender desperate to stay at Pompey

Hermann Hreidarsson wants to stay at Pompey
Hermann Hreidarsson wants to stay at Pompey
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Hermann Hreidarsson pledged his future to Pompey and insisted: I definitely want to stay.

The veteran defender is out of contract at the end of the season.

Along with Danny Webber and Darryl Flahavan, his fate remains unclear as Steve Cotterill agonises over the make-up of his squad for next season.

Hreidarsson has claimed there are no negotiations currently taking place over a fresh deal.

Nonetheless, he has started Pompey’s past 17 matches and been an integral part of a team which has comfortably avoided relegation.

Cotterill has also made the Icelandic international his captain for the past two games and spoken glowingly about his presence.

Hreidarsson, who turns 37 in July, has certainly shown no ill-effects from his career-threatening Achilles problem.

He has so far racked up 119 games and eight goals since joining the Blues in the summer of 2007.

And the defender is adamant he wants to remain on the south coast to chalk up plenty more appearances.

He said: ‘I want to stay, that’s for sure. There are no negotiations going on but I have told them how I feel.

‘I’ve told them I want to stay, so I am just waiting for them.

‘I’m not quite sure what will happen next. I just hope we will sit down.

‘I want to stay, I feel good and I am enjoying it here.

‘We’ve had an amazing run recently – a great spell – and comfortably stayed up.

‘I definitely want to stay.’

Hreidarsson has established himself as a firm fans’ favourite since his 2007 arrival.

In his first season, Pompey recorded their highest top-flight finish for more than half a century.

They also won the FA Cup for the first time in 69 years, memorably beating Cardiff 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

The former Charlton defender was then part of the first-ever Blues side to play in European competition the following season.

But last year he sustained an Achilles injury at White Hart Lane which nearly finished his career.

He battled back to return to action in October, although was used mainly as an occasional substitute.

That prompted suggestions he could leave during the January transfer window, with Rangers linked with a move for the defender.

Hreidarsson remained, though, and re-established himself in the side during the second half of the campaign.

Since then he has looked like the Hreidarsson of old.

And he is desperate to extend his Fratton Park stay into a fifth season.