Ace puts Pompey future on hold

David Nugent wants to wait until the end of the season before resolving his future
David Nugent wants to wait until the end of the season before resolving his future
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Pompey youngster announces departure

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David Nugent put talks over his Pompey future on hold and insisted: This season is my focus.

The Blues’ top scorer’s existing four-year deal runs out this summer.

Talks over a fresh contract have stalled and are not expected to resume until the end of the campaign.

That has sparked concerns Nugent will quit Fratton Park following a season which has resurrected his reputation.

As it stands, the 25-year-old would be expected to take a cut in his reported £26,000-a-week salary if he was to pen a new Blues deal.

That would be in line with Pompey’s drive to reduce what is still one of the biggest wage bills in the Championship.

For the time being, though, Nugent is adamant there are no more updates on his contract situation.

And, with seven matches to go, he has pledged the only thing on his mind is ensuring the club have an excellent end to the season.

He said: ‘We’re still as we were with my contract.

‘There is no more news at the moment. I just want to concentrate on having a good finish to the end of the season.

‘We’ve still got seven games to go, which are really important to us.

‘I want to focus on those rather than my contract at the moment.’

Regardless of Nugent’s contract outcome, many of Pompey’s big earners will be leaving Fratton this summer.

They include Michael Brown, and Richard Hughes, whose deals both expire.

In addition, the Blues’ six loanees will be returning to their parent clubs, several of whom are on Premier League-level wages.

Whether Pompey nowadays have the finances to be able to keep Nugent remains a concern.

Under Steve Cotterill, he has rediscovered the form which saw him receive England recognition.

The former Preston striker has netted 12 goals from 43 games this season.

Yet his overall performances have been excellent and his stock has risen considerably as a result.

It may mean offers from elsewhere could tempt Nugent come the summer.

In the meantime, though, Pompey are still aiming for the play-offs.

And that has Nugent’s sole attention.

He added: ‘I don’t think we can afford to lose another game with seven games left.

‘We went on that really good run and picked it up again of late.

‘We know that the pressure is on us for every game now but you can’t look too far ahead.

‘We’ve got two winnable home games and if we win them, the teams in front of us might just start looking over their shoulders a bit more.’