AARON McCAREY staked his claim for a Pompey stay and promised: There’s more to come from me.
The keeper thanked Paul Cook for ending a 13-month spell without competitive football by bringing him to Fratton Park.
My performances have stepped up and I feel I have more to give.Aaron McCarey
And he has revealed his desire to be part of the Blues rebirth and help them re-establish themselves in English football.
McCarey’s loan stay came to a close after the 1-1 draw against Stevenage Borough on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old has grown in stature in six appearances after joining from Wolves.
And now he is hoping Cook chooses to extend that stay after a period in the cold at Molineux.
McCarey said: ‘I’ve loved playing at Fratton Park and in front of these amazing fans. They’ve been tremendous.
‘If the opportunity is there I’d be delighted to continue
‘I’ll have a word with him (Cook) and see where we go.
‘I’d be more than happy to stay. If the opportunity comes it’s 100 per cent for me.
‘I feel I’ve grown into it.
‘The first game against Bristol Rovers was my first competitive game in 13 months.
‘You can train as much as you want but match sharpness comes from games, and that’s something you can’t replicate.
‘Since Yeovil, my performances have stepped up and I feel I have more to give.
‘I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m thankful to the manager and Portsmouth for giving me the opportunity to play.
‘I’d like to see it extended and play on.
‘I could look back and tell my family I played at this fantastic club.
‘It would be great to tell them about that and how I enjoyed my time here.’
The debate for Cook is whether to extend McCarey’s agreement with fellow Irishman Brian Murphy fit again.
Murphy has taken his place on the bench in the past two games and appeared in the friendly with Cardiff after a groin injury.
McCarey would like to stay, however, and has drawn comparisons between Pompey’s position and when he helped Wolves to the League One title in 2014.
McCarey said: ‘It’s a massive club, not a League Two club,
‘It’s a Championship club if not higher, everyone knows that.
‘The fans are great and there are 17-18,000 fans here in League Two.
‘It reminds me of when Wolves were in League One.
‘We struggled at home in that division because you’re a scalp.
‘They don’t want to be carved open four or five nil, and it’s exactly the same here now.
‘The games at Fratton Park are the same, but away from home their fans demand they come out more and play more open, expansive football.
‘The home form is not terrible. We’ve lost one game but I fully expect the wins to come.’