Loan ace wants permanent Pompey move

Greg Halford is keen to join Pompey
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Greg Halford has spoken of his determination to join Steve Cotterill’s Pompey revolution.

The loanee revealed he has been told by the Blues boss that he is part of his plans for next season.

And the 26-year-old insisted he is hugely keen to make a permanent move to a place he now regards as his home.

Halford’s loan spell at Fratton Park comes to an end at Scunthorpe today.

The versatile performer has established himself as a key man for Pompey, with Cotterill converting him to a central defender.

Halford will return to parent club Wolves on Monday – but with just one year left on his contract, his future at Molineux remains in doubt.

Wolves would look for around £500,000 to let Halford leave this summer.

And he has made it clear that he wants to be playing his football with the Blues next season.

Halford said: ‘To be fair, I feel like a blue now. I feel comfortable here and I’ve bedded in well. It already feels like home.

‘But now I have to go back to reality. I go back to Wolves on Monday and train with them.

‘So I’ll have to see what happens.

‘I spoke to the manager on Thursday and he has expressed a desire to sign me on a permanent basis.

‘I suppose it doesn’t always happen because of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.

‘It doesn’t matter what division Wolves are in whether I come here.

‘The club here feels like home, so I guess we’ll have to see what the summer brings.’

Halford has underlined the view among the Pompey players that it is going to be fundamental Cotterill is allowed to strengthen if the team are to move forward next season.

Cotterill has made it clear he has targets lined up to bring in on free transfers, and it is crucial he is allowed to move before they are lost.

Halford thought the lack of bodies took its toll on the players this season.

But he knows the Blues have the right man at the helm to make those additions.

Halford said: ‘There are only nine signed up for next season.

‘We are going to be signing new players and they have to be the right quality and right characters.

‘If it’s anything like this year we’ll be fine.

‘I think we needed one or two more to push on because there has never been any rotation.

‘That’s taken its toll, with tired performances and people being mentally tired.

‘The manager has proven he brings in the right personnel.

‘As long as the manager can bring in a few more we’ll be right as rain for next year.

‘But who comes in won’t be a factor for me. I just like the place.’