Midfielder hoping to settle Pompey future this week

DANNY HOLLANDS is hope-ful of this week resolving his Fratton future.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 6:01 am
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

And he is prepared to take a wage cut to remain with Pompey.

Hollands and Ben Davies are in ongoing talks over fresh deals, yet the free agents are also attracting interest elsewhere.

The midfielder, however, has prioritised staying with the club he initially arrived at in March 2014.

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He is presently recovering from surgery to repair ankle ligaments damaged against Plymouth in the play-offs.

That has left Hollands in a battle to make August’s Football League kick-off.

Regardless, the 30-year-old plans to this week meet with chief executive Mark Catlin and finance director Tony Brown to reach an agreement on a new contract.

He said: ‘I don’t want to leave, I want to be here, the only thing is it has to be right.

‘That is not me trying to be greedy.

‘I am hoping to meet with Mark and Tony this week to try to sort something out, my main aim is obviously to remain at Portsmouth.

‘I have read comments in the press about the club being in no rush to sort it, but I definitely want to get it sorted.

‘I want to know where I am going to be.

‘Last season I waived a clause when I should have had another year having reached a certain amount of games, so I will be speaking to the club to try to sort something out

‘I don’t want people to get the wrong impression.

‘Regardless of what happens, I will be taking a wage cut so it’s nothing to do with that.

‘It is just that I want to be treated fairly and everything has to be right for me and my family, which I am sure can be agreed.

‘I am a realistic person and understand the circumstances.

‘As long as things are fair there is no reason why I cannot remain at Portsmouth.

‘I have not spoken to other clubs, but have had interest, which is nice. However, my sole focus is to remain at Portsmouth and try to get them back up the leagues.’

Paul Cook has already recruited Danny Rose to challenge for one of the two holding midfield roles in his favoured formation.

That would provide competition to last season’s regular partnership of Michael Doyle and Danny Hollands.

Providing Hollands can remain, of course.

He added: ‘Good clubs have good players and Danny is another.

‘I have played against him a few times, he is neat and tidy, left-footed and a good footballer who will certainly bring something to the squad.

‘We had competition for places last season which really helped. You are all trying to impress the gaffer to make sure you are playing and that is not going to change.

‘Danny is no different to anyone in the squad, he wants to be playing and it will good to push each other.’