Pompey midfielder: I want to stay at Fratton Park

Danny Hollands has pledged his future to Fratton Park.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 5:01 am
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

Yet the midfielder is awaiting Paul Cook to cast the deciding vote.

Hollands is out of contract this summer, although a mutual 12-month option exists.

Providing both parties agree, that activation would extend the 30-year-old’s Pompey stay until the summer of 2017.

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The former Charlton player has made it clear he is eager to remain with the Blues beyond the end of the current campaign.

To date he has made 84 appearances, scoring seven times, since initially arriving on loan in March 2014.

And Hollands is hoping his performances during the remainder of this season can convince Cook to prolong his Pompey presence.

He said: ‘I am out of contract in the summer and would like to be here next year.

‘It is something the manager must make a decision on. At the end of the season he must decide whether he keeps me or moves me on.

‘All I can worry about is keeping my head down, training well and trying to get games.

‘It is something which is in the manager’s hands.

‘I feel I have been doing okay, although there is always room for improvement. I just want to do well for this club.

‘I am a local boy so there is no reason to want to move on.

‘I am a firm believer in if you do things right then everything will take care of itself. I am trying to do what I can do correctly and hopefully will do well for the club.

‘All I can say is I will have a conversation with the manager at the end of the season and it will be decided.

‘In the meantime I just want to concentrate on the remaining nine games.’

Hollands has made 29 appearances under Cook after establishing himself as a first-team regular in October.

Nigel Atangana and Adam Barton both started the campaign ahead of him before falling out of favour.

Atangana has since departed for Leyton Orient, while Barton has failed to start a game since January.

Yet Hollands has been a regular presence alongside Michael Doyle as the holding midfield pair.

A broken leg against Ipswich in January did keep the ex-Bournemouth man out for seven weeks, with Ben Close deputising.

However, he has since re-established himself, starting the last nine matches.

And Hollands is attempting to focus on his football while his future remains unclear.

He added: ‘All I am concerned about is doing well until the end of the season and hopefully achieving something good for the club.

‘It is too early to talk about my future because the main concern for us all as a squad is to move forward and do well.

‘For me it is not the right time, I am concentrating on my football.’