Hollands: I’m keen to stay at Pompey

Danny Hollands, centre, celebrates with Jed Wallace, left, and Danny East, right, after netting a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against Plymouth Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands, centre, celebrates with Jed Wallace, left, and Danny East, right, after netting a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against Plymouth Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey forward Kal Naismith Picture: Joe Pepler

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Danny Hollands is heading into talks over his Pompey future adamant he wants to sign permanently.

The 28-year-old marked the end of his Blues loan spell with a 16-minute hat-trick against Plymouth Argyle at the weekend.

It wasn’t enough to clinch a top-10 finish, however, with Conor Hourihane’s 89th-minute leveller forcing a 3-3 draw to leave Andy Awford’s men in 13th.

Regardless, chants of ‘sign him up’ emanated from the Fratton End on occasions in recognition of Hollands, who is out of contract with Charlton Athletic this summer.

Awford is scheduled to hold discussions with the midfielder this week, along with the rest of his squad.

And Hollands has made it clear his preferred outcome.

He said: ‘There is a meeting going to take place this week.

‘I don’t know what the club is going to say or anything but, from my point of view, I have enjoyed it and wouldn’t hesitate coming back.

‘But you know what football is like, things have got to be sorted and they might have a different opinion to mine.

‘I am going to have that chat and hopefully it will go well and I’ll be back.

‘I come from Fontwell, not too far at all, so that is a factor for me.

‘You just don’t know what will happen, all I’m hoping is to have a chat and go from there really.

‘I don’t really know if there are any other clubs interested, to be honest.

‘I leave that down to my representative and he will speak to me and speak to this club and I will go from there.

‘Football is a strange old game, so I take it day-by-day.

‘I am jobless at the moment, though, so if you have anything going please forward it to me!’

Hollands took his tally to five goals from seven games with his hat-trick against Argyle.

Remarkably, considering the Blues’ precarious position upon his arrival, they haven’t lost a match since – winning five and drawing two.

Operating as in the centre of midfield in Awford’s preferred 4-2-3-1 system, the former Bournemouth man’s impact has been stunning.

The form saw him on the shortlist for the League Two player of the month, only to be beaten by Fleetwood’s Josh Morris.

Still, Pompey fans are eager for Hollands to remain at Fratton Park – now it is up to the club to decide their next move.

He added: ‘I have enjoyed my time here. it has been really, really good, with a fantastic bunch of lads and the manager is good.

‘A lot of my friends are Portsmouth fans. I have been here lots and lots of times watching games and it’s fantastic.

‘I have got see what comes of it really.’

Meanwhile, Jack Whatmough has been put on stand-by for the England under-19s squad travelling to the European Championships later this month.