Taylor uncertain over new deal

Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal in the win over Plymouth Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal in the win over Plymouth Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Clarke has found himself back in familiar surroundings in the centre of defence in recent weeks  Picture: Joe Pepler

Back home – but Pompey defender would switch back

  • In-form striker unsure if a new deal will be offered
  • Taylor happy to leave talks until the end of the season
  • Hitman insists he’s happy to stay at Fratton Park
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RYAN TAYLOR promised he isn’t taking a new Pompey deal for granted.

The striker believes he has to continue his rich end-of-season form to convince Andy Awford he’s worth handing a contract.

Of course I want to stay. Why do I want to go anywhere else?

Ryan Taylor

Taylor’s decisive goal in Monday’s 2-1 win over Plymouth made it seven in the past 11 games for the Blues.

That has arrived with the 26-year-old bagging five strikes in six games at Fratton Park.

His form would appear to leave the front man well placed to be handed a new agreement, with his existing deal up in the summer.

The former Bristol City man is one of 11 players who are out of contract at the end of the season, with a big turnover in personnel expected.

Taylor has made it clear he would like to stay put at Pompey – but doesn’t believe an offer is a given.

He feels a lot could still be decided between now and the end of the season.

‘I’m out of contract and it’s anyone’s guess what could happen at the end of the season,’ said Taylor.

‘I’ve been satisfied with my form in the last lot of games.

‘Things are good and I’m just trying to build on performances.

‘If I do that, things will hopefully work out for me moving forward.

‘We’re all playing for new deals, so we can’t rest on our laurels. I need to produce performances and that is what is going to earn me a new contract.

‘Of course I want to stay. Why do I want to go anywhere else?

‘I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and hope I get another contract.’

Taylor explained he is settled in the area with his family after arriving in January last year.

The hitman has formed a promising partnership with Matt Tubbs since Tubbs joined from AFC Wimbledon in the transfer window.

But manager Awford has indicated all talks on new deals are off at present, with there still football to be played this season.

Taylor is content with that and feels it’s is a fair scenario for current players.

He said: ‘It’s better for there not to be talks for me.

‘I can just get on with my football and not worry about it.

‘There’s a lot of us out of contract so it would be wrong to speak to one player and not another.

‘So we’re all in the same position – we need to keep working hard and then see where it goes.

‘I’m settled here and have a house in Fareham.

‘My missus is here and we’re settled as a family.

‘There is not a massive amount of stability at the level and the lower you come down the less money there is.

‘The Championship and Premier League can offer four and five-year deals, no problem.

‘We’re in League Two, so you know it’s not the same.’