Futacs: Give me games and I will stay

Pompey striker Marko Futacs
Pompey striker Marko Futacs
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Marko Futacs wants to stay at Pompey in League One – if he sees more game time.

The Hungarian powerhouse is happy to stay put at Fratton Park next season, despite his side’s relegation.

But the 22-year-old striker wants to get more games under his belt if he is to remain.

Administrator Trevor Birch is in discussions with several of the Pompey players regarding their futures, with six players already targeted by other clubs.

Futacs is hoping he can sit down with Blues boss Michael Appleton and consider the way forward.

The 6ft 5in front man made his Fratton breakthrough following Appleton’s arrival at the club back in November.

Futacs earned the first of his 12 starts this season under his charge, after joining Pompey as a free agent last August.

The under-21 international has scored five goals during that run and is confident he can hit the back of the net regularly next season.

Futacs underlined his happiness at Pompey after arriving from German football following his release from Werder Bremen.

As one of the Blues’ lower-paid players, he is more likely to still be around next term.

But Futacs feels he needs more minutes on the pitch if he is to remain, though, after being named on the bench for the past 10 games.

Futacs said: ‘It’s been a difficult season and many things have happened.

‘We’ll see about the future. I have to talk with the gaffer about it.

‘It’s important I’m open for everything.

‘I’m a young player and it’s important I have to play. I need a few more minutes on the pitch. If it’s going to be here I am very happy. For me, it’s not a problem (playing in League One). I play and enjoy the game.

‘This club has a big past and history. Now I am thinking about the future so we will see how it is around the club.

‘I will talk to the gaffer and see what happens next year.

‘Of course, the most important thing is to play.

‘I’m 22 years old now and I have to play and score goals.

‘It can be a good year. If I can play many games I can score many goals.

‘I’m happy for that (to have a good relationship with the fans). It’s important.

‘That’s why I hope everything around the club can be positive and I can have a future here.’

Futacs has called on his Pompey team-mates to deliver a fitting send-off to the Championship at Nottingham Forest today.

The clash at the City Ground will mark the club’s last game in the second tier before they drop down to League One.

It will also be the last time that many players wear the Pompey shirt with a huge overhaul expected this summer.

Futacs said: ‘It’s going to be difficult.

‘It’s a sad week, but this is why we are professional footballers and we have to give 100 per cent still.

‘We have to think of the future and play this game looking towards next season.’

Meanwhile, Pompey Academy midfielder Jed Wallace has been recalled from his loan spell at Blue Square Bet South side Farnborough and travelled with Appleton’s squad for today’s match with Forest.