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Carson: My future is at Pompey

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Trevor Carson prepared to return to Pompey’s first-team and insisted: My future is here.

The 25-year-old will replace Phil Smith in goal against Wycombe tonight for an inevitable change to a winning side.

Smith gave a solid and confident display in the weekend 1-0 victory over Bury.

But Whittingham had already gone on record to say Carson’s absence would be for just the one match.

The Ulsterman will be given a long run in the team, with a permanent Pompey deal on the table should he impress.

The Blues have first refusal on the keeper extending his stay in January, in whatever form, while there is no recall clause for Bury.

And Carson sees himself playing at no other club.

He said: ‘It’s not a written agreement but the chairmen have agreed I won’t be recalled.

‘Portsmouth also have first option on an extension or a loan come January for the season.

‘If they want to sign me permanently they (Bury) will tear up the contract.

‘I don’t want to get into a war of words with Bury.

‘But when Kevin Blackwell was sacked I got three calls and they were all from people at Portsmouth – Steve Allen, Phil Smith and Mark Catlin.

‘They were saying how much they wanted me to stay and I didn’t have one call from Bury.

‘It made me feel wanted, it gives you a great feeling as a player.

‘You’d expect one call from someone at Bury explaining the situation or even telling you it doesn’t change your scenario and you are still there until January – but nothing.

‘That concretes it for me where I am wanted and where I will be for the next three months. I am more than happy here.

‘Come January, if I’ve had a bad three months, I only have myself to blame if I don’t get a contract.

‘It’s there for me to win and I see my future here without doubt.

‘Me and the missus have a little one-year-old child and, in my eyes, in an ideal world, I will do well here and win a contract for a bit of security for us as a family.

‘That is all I’ve got my mind focused on.’

Carson has so far played three games for the Blues, conceding twice.

Last Saturday, the terms of his loan meant he was unable to feature against the club he is keen to leave to join Pompey.

He added: ‘I remember the first night I travelled down and the gaffer, the chairman and Mark Catlin met me in the hotel and it felt like they were trying to sell the club to me.

‘I thought: “Hold on a minute, I’d just done 100mph down the motorway to be here. I am more than happy to do it!”

‘I don’t want to come across as desperate.

‘But I know what a massive opportunity it is for me.’

 

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