Hogg considers Pompey return

Jonathan Hogg is open to returning to Pompey on loan
Jonathan Hogg is open to returning to Pompey on loan
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Jonathan Hogg has revealed he would consider a Pompey return next season.

The 22-year-old will go back to Aston Villa when his Fratton loan spell finishes at the end of the campaign.

Hogg is tied to Villa Park until the summer of 2013 after penning a new deal in December.

Regardless, the combative midfielder has certainly caught the eye at the Blues.

Hogg has turned in some impressive displays during his 15 appearances since joining on an emergency loan in January.

It was an arrival which coincided with an upturn in fortune for Steve Cotterill’s side, who went on to break a club clean-sheet record.

Hogg will not make a decision on the next step in his career before heading back to Villa. But he has opened the door for a potential Blues return.

He said: ‘The main thing to me is playing regular games and I’d consider coming back.

‘It wouldn’t put me off coming to play in the Championship again.

‘I just want to play games, so I will see what is best for me. I want to go somewhere where I will be playing – I don’t want to go somewhere else and sit on the bench.

‘The boys have been brilliant since I came down. Some clubs may not welcome you as much but these lads have been great.

‘They are experienced and know what it’s like to be in my position. They have welcomed me with open arms.

‘It’s exactly how I thought it would be and how I was told it would be.

‘It has been brilliant. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s still a very good standard and I’m enjoying playing at this level.

‘I will play the rest of this season out and then see what happens at the end of that.’

For Hogg, it is the longest spell of matches he has had in his first-team career.

The Middlesbrough-born youngster spent five matches at Darlington last season.

He returned to feature for Villa in seven games this term. But Pompey have offered him regular football over a consistent period.

And Hogg has been pleased with how he has progressed on the south coast.

He added: ‘I don’t think I’ve played my best football yet – there is definitely more to come from me.

‘But I think I’ve done okay and I’m just enjoying playing in every game.

‘I came here to get games and first-team experience and I’ve got games that I’ve needed.

‘It’s tough to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday when you’re not used to it but it’s what I need.

‘The manager watched me before I came here and knows what I can do.

‘He knows what my strengths are. He hasn’t asked me to do anything I’m not suited to do and just told me to go out and enjoy myself.’