Halford reveals future hopes

Pompey's on-loan defender Greg Halford
Pompey's on-loan defender Greg Halford
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Greg Halford has reveal-ed he wants to remain at Pompey for the long haul.

The on-loan Wolves defender has made it clear he would like to stay at Fratton Park permanently.

Halford’s outstanding form has been a key part of the Blues’ unlikely charge towards the play-offs.

The 26-year-old’s switch to centre-back has helped revitalise the defensive fortunes of Steve Cotterill’s men, with eight clean sheets in the past nine games.

Halford’s temporary agreement with Pompey runs until the end of the season, when he is due to return to Wolves.

He has a year left on his existing agreement at Molineux but has laid down his desire to be part of what he sees as a bright future for the Blues.

Halford said: ‘I would definitely like to be a part of things here.

‘Everyone wants to be in a winning team and we are winning at the moment. We’ll have to see what happens with regard to that at the end of the season.

‘There hasn’t been any conversation really to that extent. I guess it depends on Wolves.

‘I still have a year after this one there, so I guess it’s down to what they want fee-wise.

‘It’s down to whether they want to let me go but it looks like that is more imminent than anything.

‘I think we (Pompey) are finally over the worst of things and now the club is finally moving in the right direction again.

‘There are ifs, buts and maybes but this is a great club. I have said that from day one.

‘It’s an honour to play for a club like Portsmouth.

‘I will always stand by that statement.’

Halford feels well and truly settled with Pompey under Cotterill following his arrival in October.

He has made 25 appearances this season, scoring four goals, and has been one of the most consistent performers in the team.

Halford feels confidence is flowing in his own game and that there is a strong belief present among the rest of his team-mates.

And he knows anything can happen when that is the case.

Halford said: ‘The lads have made me feel welcome.

‘I’ve played a few positions in the team but I’ve bedded in quite well now.

‘If you are on a good run your confidence is high.

‘That’s a massive thing in football.

‘It happened like that when I was with Sheffield United and got all the way to the play-off final.

‘We were high on confidence then and that carried us there.’