Ashdown waiting for fresh Pompey deal

Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown
Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown
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Jamie Ashdown has revealed talks have opened on keeping him at Fratton Park.

But the keeper claims he is still waiting to be offered a new Pompey deal.

The 30-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season.

He emerged as one of Steve Cotterill’s key performers last term, appearing in all 50 matches.

Along the way, he claimed several player of the year awards from supporter groups in recognition of his impressive displays.

Yet his two-year contract runs out in the summer of 2012.

Others whose deals end at the same time include Hayden Mullins, Ricardo Rocha and Hermann Hreidarsson.

In the meantime, Ashdown is eager to pledge his future to the Blues, having arrived at the club from Reading in 2004.

As it stands, though, there has been no further progress following initial conversations.

He said: ‘We have been talking, that is as far as it goes.

‘If the club want to press ahead with it, it is up to them.

‘Hopefully we will be talking sometime between now and the end of the season, which will be good.

‘I like it here and am pretty settled, definitely. That is not a problem.

‘Obviously, I suppose if the club don’t want me you have to move on. That’s what you do, that’s football.

‘But I would definitely like to stay.’

Ashdown faces competition from Stephen Henderson for a first-team spot this season.

However, he is expected to get the nod from Steve Cotterill for the league opener at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

It would be no more than Ashdown deserves after establishing himself as one of Pompey’s most consistent players last term.

He had to wait until the departure of David James to get a chance to stake a claim for a regular spot after four years as his understudy.

Ashdown has now made 103 appearances for the club following his Reading move.

And he should make plenty more during the current campaign.