Nugent: My future has not been decided

David Nugent celebrates his goal at Burnley
David Nugent celebrates his goal at Burnley
Conor Chaplin. Pic: Joe Pepler

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David Nugent insists he is still undecided about his Pompey future.

The Blues hitman vowed he has yet to make his mind up where his future lies after firing his side to a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Despite Pompey boss Steve Cotterill believing Nugent has made his mind up to go, the striker revealed his agent met with Blues chief executive David Lampitt for talks after Nugent fired in his 13th goal of the campaign yesterday.

The 25-year-old’s deal comes to a close this summer following his £6m arrival from Preston in 2007.

The Scouser says he is happy at Pompey, however, and now feels settled in the city.

He promises he is waiting to hear the outcome of talks before deciding what lies ahead for him.

Nugent said: ‘I don’t know whether I’ll be here or not. I’ve not decided.

‘I’m enjoying my football, whether it be on the left, right or through the middle. Time will tell what is going to happen.

‘It’s still up in the air at this stage.

‘My agent had a word with David Lampitt yesterday. They had a meeting at the Burnley game.

‘I guess we will have to see what happens after that.

‘It’s only been the past season that I’ve really settled here. I’m enjoying it here and playing regularly.

‘I love it here now. I’ve got a place at Gunwharf Quays with my girlfriend – and little dog!

‘And I have definitely enjoyed my football this year.

‘I honestly couldn’t tell you if I’m staying or going yet.

‘I’ve not decided – that’s the honest truth.’

Nugent was impressed with the work ethic his team showed as they held another play-off-chasing side, despite having little to play for.

He was pleased with his fine 20-yard strike 12 minutes after the restart.

But Nugent was left to rue a missed opportunity when he went clear on goal, only for Clarets keeper Brian Jensen to deny him in a one-on-one.

Nugent said: ‘We worked hard as a team.

‘We got the goal and I thought we were going to hang on, but one lapse in concentration and the ball is in the back of the net.

‘I thought a draw was probably a fair result.

‘It was a good goal and King (Kanu) did well down the wing for it.

‘I waited and the defender committed himself. Luckily, it went in the top corner.

‘I could have had a second. I cut inside and was going to lift it, but it got caught under my feet and the keeper made a good save.’

– JORDAN CROSS