Defender keen to extend Pompey stay

Pompey defender Nicky Shorey Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Nicky Shorey Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey mull over permanent stay for loanee

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Nicky Shorey is keen to show Andy Awford he is worth a new Pompey deal.

The Blues left-back is one of 16 players out of contract in the summer yet wants to stay at Fratton Park.

Awford admitted recently he is already considering who he is looking to keep beyond the end of the current campaign.

But former England international Shorey, who turns 34 in February, has indicated there is no rush in securing his future.

‘If I’m honest, I haven’t really thought about it that much but I’m quite easy,’ said the left-back.

‘If he (Awford) comes to me and wants to sort out my contract, then happy days!

‘I’m sure he has got other things and other players to worry about.

‘He certainly doesn’t need to worry about me.

‘I’m a bit older so I will just take it as it comes.

‘Whenever those discussions happen is okay by me.

‘The gaffer will assess it and we will go from there.

‘But I would definitely be keen to carry on.’

It’s perhaps typical of the defender’s unflappable attitude that he is prepared to bide his time.

Shorey initially joined for the remainder of last season in January, when former boss Richie Barker signed him from Bristol City.

But he penned a new one-year deal in the summer and is clearly enjoying his time at the club.

And, importantly, Shorey still has the motivation to succeed in a career that has seen him enjoy a lengthy spell in the Premier League with Reading, Aston Villa, West Brom and Fulham.

‘This is one of the happiest points of my career,’ said Shorey.

‘Maybe you get older and you realise you need to just enjoy it a bit more.

‘As you get older you have got to accept sometimes that your time will come sooner or later.

‘But if they think I can contribute in some way, I would be happy to stay. We will have to wait and see.

‘I thoroughly enjoy it. I love coming in and working with the lads, the coaching staff and the gaffer.’

Even during some of the dark times of last season, Shorey claims it did not leave him questioning his decision to drop down to the basement division.

And he believes Pompey can draw some positives from their finish to the last campaign as proof they are still well in the hunt for League Two promotion.

‘As soon as I came in, I enjoyed it,’ added Shorey.

‘It’s a good group of lads and the fans we have are incredible.

‘It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster. When I first came in, it was a bit all over the place but it settled down and towards the end we weren’t far away from the play-offs.

‘But it just shows if you can put a run of performances together, you can do well in this league.’