Pompey boss keen for Mattock to stay

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Michael Appleton is confident of extending Joe Mattock’s stay at Pompey.

And the Blues boss believes there could be a Fratton return for George Thorne.

Thorne returned to West Brom this week after the Baggies were hit with a string of injuries.

Appleton hasn’t given up hope of tempting him back to the Blues on a temporary deal.

And he feels there is every chance of extending Mattock’s stay.

The left-back’s current agreement comes to a close after the meeting with Watford on January 2

Appleton is weighing up the way forward.

He said: ‘As long as there are no ridiculous hiccups, I’d like to think we’d be able to keep Joe beyond January 2.

‘If it’s for the rest of the season – he’d be delighted, I would and I’m sure the players would be.

‘I’d be very surprised, if we did keep him, that West Brom wouldn’t put in a 24-hour recall.

‘That puts us at risk as well, so I have to weigh all those options up.’

Appleton was pleased to see Thorne appear for West Brom in their win at Newcastle on Wednesday.

But he would like to see him back at Pompey.

Appleton said: ‘I spoke to Roy and thanked him for taking George back!

‘I’m delighted he came on for West Brom this week.

‘I’ve had him since the age of 14, so I have no doubts about him in terms of ability.

‘It leaves me with a headache because he’s a quality player.

‘Everyone took to him and I’m not ruling out seeing him return but as one door closes another opens.

‘There’s been a few people waiting patiently on the sidelines for an opportunity.

‘They might get that on Monday.’