Midfielder targets promotion on Pompey return

Liam Walker in action against Bournemouth last season
Liam Walker in action against Bournemouth last season
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Liam Walker revealed his plans to return to Pompey and promised: I’m coming back to get promoted.

The midfielder also vowed to answer manager Guy Whittingham’s call to handle the physical demands of the English game.

Out-of-contract Walker has stated he is intending to return to the club for pre-season training on June 27, after being invited back by Whittingham.

The 25-year-old explained he is unaware of offers from other outfits and is focused on returning to the Blues.

Walker made 28 Pompey appearances in his first season in the English game after arriving from Gibraltar last summer. And now he wants to improve on that and fire his side to League Two promotion.

Walker said: ‘I’ve been keeping the training up because I want to keep my fitness up.

‘We’re back in on June 27 and, when I get back, I want to be fit and ready for the training.

‘I haven’t really spoken to Guy. All I know is I’m back on the 27th to start pre-season.

‘I want to be ready for the season. I’m happy being at Portsmouth.

‘It’s somewhere where I’ve been treated well, especially by the fans.

‘My intention next season is to go back to Portsmouth and get them back up.

‘I’ve not heard anything (from other clubs). I’ve tried to stay disconnected from that side of things.

‘I’m keeping my head on training and going back on June 26 – and then being ready for the season.’

Walker has been challenged to earn himself a permanent contract next season by Whittingham.

Whittingham’s questioned whether he can deal with the hustle and bustle of football in the English game’s basement division.

The Gibraltar international has been working on his strength in response.

But Walker insisted he wants to keep the creative side of his game in place.

‘The manager has his point,’ he said.

‘I’m sure I’ll get back and prove I can handle that side of the game. I’m doing morning sessions at the gym and keeping myself fit.

‘I’m not going to over-bulk myself, but I want to come back and prove myself.

‘It’s a different game in England to the Spanish game, but I felt I was ready to play at that level.

‘I do want to keep the technical side of my game, though.

‘Through the season people would have seen a player who likes to risk a pass and try to put forwards through.

‘When you risk that pass you may lose them sometimes, but there are passes which will create a good goalscoring chance.

‘I’ve always been the type of player to create. It’s a big part of my game.

‘I’ve been there this season, though, and I feel that has helped me improve in other parts of my game.

‘Being creative and trying to create goals is a big part of my game.’