Lawrence: I’m not looking for loan exit

Committed: Pompey skipper Liam Lawrence  Picture: Robin Jones
Committed: Pompey skipper Liam Lawrence Picture: Robin Jones
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Liam Lawrence underlined his commitment to the Pompey cause and said: I won’t walk out on this club.

The influential Blues skipper rallied the troops last week and even turned his hand to working in Pompey’s ticket office to help get more fans to Fratton Park.

And, despite being one of the club’s top earners, Lawrence has shrugged off any talk of following Erik Huseklepp out of the Blues on loan and insists he is determined to help Pompey beat their latest brush with disaster.

Lawrence said: ‘I came to this club to try to help it get up the league and get back in the Premier League – that’s why I’ve stayed.

‘I’m not fed up with the club, I’m fed up with what’s happened to the club.

‘I haven’t ever felt like leaving and that’s the truth. I don’t want to go anywhere and I don’t want the club to fold.’

The former Stoke man has also been impressed by the defiance of the Blues fans during the crisis and believes they still have a huge part to play in attempting to stave off relegation from the Championship this season.

Lawrence said: ‘It feels like everyone is against us at times.

‘I bet the supporters are fed up with everything that’s gone on over the past few years. I’m fed up and I’ve been here for only a year and a bit.

‘It has been one thing after another.

‘But there’s a strength of character among Portsmouth supporters. They are famous worldwide for it. If they stick with us, I think this is a good chance for us to bond.

‘If we can stay up this season, it will be right up there with their best achievements.’