Erik: I don’t regret switch to Pompey

Erik Huseklepp
Erik Huseklepp
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Erik Huseklepp reflected on his chaotic move to Pompey and insisted: I’ve no regrets.

The fans’ favourite has promised he doesn’t feel he made a mistake when agreeing his £1.9m move to Fratton Park last season.

And the Norwegian has made it clear he will be returning to the Blues for the new campaign, as things stand.

Administrator Trevor Birch is trying his best to wrest the club’s £9.5m annual wages under control.

He faces a race against time to do that, with a hugely-reduced wage bill a condition of the club moving into the hands of potential new owners.

Huseklepp has been the subject of interest from former club SK Brann, with a £800,000 price tag on his head.

The 27-year-old’s agent believes a move to his homeland is not on the cards at that price, however.

Meanwhile, Birmingham’s transfer embargo means the club Huseklepp spent time on loan with last season have not been able to make the deal permanent.

That means the attacker will be returning to Pompey’s Eastleigh base on July 5 to report for pre-season training.

Huseklepp explained he has no problems with that – or the fact he made the switch to Pompey last August.

He said: ‘I don’t regret coming to Portsmouth.

‘You could never see what has happened coming.

‘I had a good six months and then had to go because of the financial side of things.

‘But I really enjoyed my time at the club. It’s sad. It’s a great club with fantastic fans.

‘Unfortunately things happened and it was sad to see. As things stand, I still plan to enjoy my time here because I will be back for next season.

‘I’m still under contract. It says two more years, so I have to stick to that unless something else happens.

‘You never know but I’m sticking to my contract as things stand.’

Huseklepp believes it would have been impossible to see the dramatic events of last season coming when he joined from Italian crisis club Bari.

Despite the Blues unravelling after his arrival, he built a strong relationship with fans with his forward-thinking runs going down well.

Huseklepp promised that bond with supporters was something he would cherish whatever happens moving forward.

He said: ‘What I’ve learnt is things can change quickly in football. That’s the most important thing I’ve picked up from being here. We were on a positive run and then administration happened. It ruined the season.

‘We could have had a very good second half of the season otherwise. The fans are fantastic and have always been good to me, though.

‘It’s important to me that they know I appreciate that.

‘It was always fun to play at Fratton Park and when we played away from home the fans will always show up in numbers.

‘They don’t deserve what has happened.

‘The fans deserve to have stability around them.’