Lavery open to Pompey stay

Caolan Lavery celebrates scoring for Pompey on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler
Caolan Lavery celebrates scoring for Pompey on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler

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  • Lavery has scored four goals in nine matches for Pompey
  • Played two Capital One Cup games for the Owls this season and no Championship fixtures
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Caolan Lavery is keen to maintain his deadly double-act with Marc McNulty and remain at Fratton Park beyond January.

The 23-year-old took his Pompey tally to four goals in nine matches on Saturday as he continues to revel in his loan spell away from Sheffield Wednesday.

They said January time they will re-evaluate and we’ll see what happens, where both clubs are and how I am feeling. We will go from there

Caolan Lavery

McNulty also netted in a 4-0 victory over Hartlepool, taking the Blues’ tally to 10 goals in the last two league matches at home.

At the heart of a third successive Fratton win was Lavery and fellow loanee McNulty, whose on-going presence has crucially added a new dimension to Pompey’s play.

In Lavery’s absence, his parent club sit eighth in the Championship.

They have not been in touch since his mid-October arrival.

And he admitted he would be open to staying in League Two with Paul Cook’s side.

He said: ‘I haven’t heard from Sheffield Wednesday.

‘I don’t think they want to interfere too much. They just want me to come here, get my head down and play games and do everything I can to potentially force myself back into their plans.

‘If that doesn’t happen it is fine because I am happy here and enjoying my football.

‘I think they have had someone come to watch the games.

‘But I have not spoken to anyone.

‘They said January time they will re-evaluate and we’ll see what happens, where both clubs are and how I am feeling. We will go from there.

‘Sheffield Wednesday are just outside the play-offs, drew 2-2 with Cardiff on Saturday, and are doing really well.

‘They have a very good squad, a very big squad, and it is always going to be difficult to get into, but you have got to see what happens.

‘I think there is always that possibility as a player they might not want you.

‘You never want to be negative, you want to have a positive mindset and if I ever thought that I couldn’t make it at Sheffield Wednesday that would be a problem for me as a player.

‘I think to be a footballer you need to be positive so we will see what happens.

‘I would be open to staying here longer, it’s brilliant, I’ve really enjoyed my time here, the lads are fantastic and I don’t see why not.’

Lavery had played only 115 minutes for the Owls this season but not in the Championship.

Yet away from head coach Carlos Carvalhal’s side, the striker who is out of contract next summer is thriving.

He added: ‘I was missing the Saturday feeling. As a footballer you are training all week and look forward to the weekend and obviously for whatever reason I wasn’t playing a lot of games at Sheffield Wednesday.

‘So it was more a matter of training, training, training, training and not really having something to look forward to at the end of the week, but that soon comes back.’