Hitman will stay put at Pompey

David Connolly has held positive talks about staying at Pompey next season
David Connolly has held positive talks about staying at Pompey next season
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David Connolly will be a Pompey player next season.

That’s Guy Whittingham’s view, with the Blues’ top goalscorer happy to remain at Fratton Park.

Whittingham has held talks about extending the 35-year-old’s stay and talks between the two parties have progressed well.

Connolly has scored seven goals in 15 starts since joining Pompey in January. His partnership with Patrick Agyemang has been one of the key factors in their side’s strong end-of-season form.

Whittingham believes the duo will be capable of firing his side to the head of League Two.

He said: ‘We’ve had initial talks with Dave.

‘But it’s no more than that at the moment.

‘It’s been pretty positive.

‘Your strikers are the ones who are going to get you promotion.

‘You have to make sure you have good ones if you’re going to do that – and Dave is a good one.

‘He knows the demands of what it takes because he’s played at every level – or he will have done next year when he plays for us!’

Whittingham feels Connolly has shown this season that age is no barrier for him.

The Blues boss is also confident the striker’s influence will go beyond his impact on the pitch, with the former Republic of Ireland international able to offer an example to emerging players.

Connolly said: ‘I don’t think age is a problem with Dave.

‘I think everyone has seen he’s not one of those who will go through the motions.

‘He demands a lot of people and runs about like a mad man.

‘He is quite a forceful character and I think that’s good.

‘The younger lads will learn a lot from him.’