Pearce eager for long-term Blues stay

Jason Pearce is happy with life at Fratton Park
Jason Pearce is happy with life at Fratton Park
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Jason Pearce wants to pledge himself to Pompey for the long-term.

The central defender is revelling in life at Fratton Park, despite the club’s continued off-field financial woes.

He was a relieved man when bids for him from several Championship clubs were rejected on transfer deadline day on Monday.

Now the 24-year-old is eager to cement his Fratton Park future.

Pearce would relish a new deal that would tie him to Pompey beyond the summer of 2013.

As it stands, the Blues have more pressing matters as they battle to beat a winding-up petition on February 20.

But the fans’ favourite is hopeful something can be sorted regarding his own future once the club gets its own house in order.

He said: ‘I have made no secret I want to stay here for a long time.

‘I would love to sign a new contract when everything is sorted out at the club.

‘I joined on a three-year deal in the summer but signed as a back-up player.

‘Now I have proven myself and I also want to stay beyond that.

‘It is a case of wait and see what happens. I understand there are other things going on. I’m not making demands.

‘But I’m enjoying my football, I have been made really welcome here and the manager has been fantastic to me.

‘He wants to improve me in the long run and I’m sure will get the best out of me.

‘It’s a great club and I can see it moving forwards.’

Pearce has made 26 appearances following his summer move from Bournemouth.

During that time he has emerged as one of Pompey’s most consistent performers this season.