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Hayden Mullins is excited by Pompey's future
Hayden Mullins is excited by Pompey's future
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Hayden Mullins wants to see out his career at Pompey.

Last term’s The News/Sports Mail player of the season has revealed he is closing in on penning a new deal to commit himself to the Blues.

The 32-year-old is entering the final year of his current contract. But Mullins claims negotiations have already begun over extending his Fratton Park stay.

And he is eyeing everything being signed before the season starts.

The former West Ham man’s pledge of loyalty reflects the positivity flooding through Pompey at present.

Mullins has been encouraged by the investment so far from new owners Convers Sports Initiatives.

Now, one of Pompey’s longest-serving players wants to remain part of that after enduring so much uncertainty in recent times at Fratton Park.

Mullins said: ‘All the clubs I’ve been at has been for four-to-five-years plus.

‘It’s nice to settle into a club and know the ins and outs and the people.

‘It’s brilliant here. The staff, the players, the players coming in – we are bonding really well.

‘I’m going to speak to the gaffer about a new contract and we can sort something out before the beginning of the season.

‘I would definitely like to stay. The club is going only one place at the moment and that is up.

‘With the management, the players coming in now and the owners, it’s a great place to be.

‘I can see the way the club wants to go. The way the manager goes about his business is really good and that’s what you want from a manager.

‘Then you see the staff he’s brought here and staff who are here, players who are here and players they want to bring in.

‘It’s exciting times for the fans, the staff, everyone.

‘We’ve discussed bits and pieces about a new contract. A few conversations have taken place but nothing really major.

‘Hopefully, before the start of the season something will be sorted.’

Mullins has made 93 appearances for Pompey since arriving in January 2009 from Upton Park.

Unfortunately for him, he joined Pompey when the club was beginning to unravel amid financial problems.

Steve Cotterill represents his fourth Fratton manager, while only Jamie Ashdown, Kanu and Hermann Hreidarsson have been at the club longer.

Nonetheless, the former Crystal Palace midfielder enjoyed his best-ever campaign last term.

And he remains happy on the south coast.

Mullins added: ‘I am definitely happy.

‘It was great being named by the fans as their player of the season as well. I really appreciated that.

‘You don’t really get acknowledged as player of the season in my role. I do the dog work, the running and bits and pieces.

‘It’s usually the strikers which get it so I am very grateful.

‘Now things are looking up and I’m hoping we can have a really good season.’