Pompey hitman speaks out over future

Patrick Agyemang in action against Sheffield United. Picture: Sarah Standing (131084-4350)

Patrick Agyemang in action against Sheffield United. Picture: Sarah Standing (131084-4350)

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Patrick Agyemang has dropped his biggest hint he will stay at Pompey for the long haul and admitted: It’s good to feel appreciated.

Agyemang revealed there are ‘positive noises’ over making his loan stay at Fratton Park permanent.

The striker delivered a majestic man-of-the-match performance against Sheffield United at the start of a new era for the Blues.

Agyemang gave the promotion-chasers a torrid time as his side cruised to a 3-0 win on Saturday.

The 32-year-old was given a standing ovation for his performance on a day to remember for supporters following the Pompey Supporters’ Trust takeover.

He thanked the fans for that – and then spoke about joining Guy Whittingham’s side permanently from Stevenage.

Agyemang, who is a free agent this summer, said: ‘I’m trying not to give too much away! But we’ll see what happens.

‘There are positive noises and I love being here.

‘The fans have been amazing to me and made me feel welcome.

‘I’m happy at the moment.

‘It’s good to be appreciated. That standing ovation was brilliant.

‘It’s a good feeling to come off the pitch and have 18,000 fans cheering my name.’

There was good news for Pompey fans at every turn on Saturday, with none bigger than confirmation the 10-point deduction for going into administration will arrive this season, meaning a fresh start next term in League Two.

Agyemang was delighted by that, as well as the biggest gate of the campaign at Fratton Park welcoming the new dawn of the Trust era.

The hitman believes the standard that has been set on and off the pitch has to be maintained moving forward.

Agyemang said: ‘It’s good we can start afresh next season.

‘If we can keep the fan base coming and keep the performances coming we’ll do well. The club is owned by the fans now, so it’s up to them to keep coming and keep pushing the team.

‘The fans are basically in charge now, so if they do it now off the pitch we can do it on it. The standard has to be kept. If we can do that now, who knows what can happen?’

Pompey are this week set to confirm Guy Whittingham will take over the Blues as manager on a permanent basis. That means an end to his temporary stewardship which stretches back to last November.

Whittingham has handled huge problems in that tenure as the Blues waited for their future to be resolved.

Agyemang believes the ex-Pompey striker deserves the chance to guide the club forward.

He said: ‘It has to be Guy. He’s been here and endured all sorts. That run without a win and all those players used – how can you do anything with that?

‘But he has kept on fighting and has brought people who want to play for the club and do well.

‘Eventually things have turned around.’

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