Midfield ace open to Pompey stay

David Cotterill is open to a permanent move to Pompey
David Cotterill is open to a permanent move to Pompey
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David Cotterill admits he is open to the idea of a permanent Pompey move as he prepares to down Scunthorpe.

The on-loan winger is bidding to continue a flying start to his stay at Fratton Park against the Iron tonight.

Steve Cotterill’s men are aiming to make it five wins on the trot and continue their ascent up the Championship table.

And the Pompey boss will be looking for his namesake to continue his right-sided raids which have impressed so far.

The 23-year-old had fallen out of favour at parent club Swansea after making 16 appearances this season.

Now the Wales international is waiting to see whether his stay at Pompey could become a lengthy one.

Cotterill said: ‘It’s a great club and there are very good players here. Obviously, the fan base is here and they are unbelievable.

‘We’ll have to wait and see what the manager wants, really. It’s down to him. It’s his decision and what Swansea want.

‘The last time I spoke to the Swansea manager they said they wanted me out for a month and then they wanted me back again.

‘I suppose it depends on whether they are willing to let me go. It could be a good thing for me, so you never know what could happen.’

Cotterill’s understanding with Ritchie de Laet down the right-hand side has got Pompey fans excited about what the duo could achieve over the rest of the campaign.

The former Wigan man is loving working in tandem with the Belgian defender, giving defenders a torrid time.

Cotterill said: ‘The way Swansea play, we like to get our full-backs playing on the overlap so I’m quite used to it.

‘Ritchie’s a good player and he likes to link up.

‘It’s nice to have been able to get an understanding early on after coming here.

‘I’ve played only three games here so I’m still going to get fitter and sharper yet.

‘I’m not as sharp as I could be but it’s been a good few games.

‘They are coming thick and fast at this time of the season. I’m just enjoying playing football again.’

Pompey boss Cotterill has been delighted with his new addition’s performances but is playing it cool over any move for him.

He said: ‘David’s been great. Let’s just see where it is (extending his stay). If you jump in too soon, you might be showing your hand, too.’