KENNY JACKETT will leave it as late as possible until he decides on Joe Mason’s future.
The Pompey boss is currently plotting his January recruitment, with a pacy striker top of his shopping list.
Mason, inset, has made just three appearances during his Fratton Park loan spell from Wolves – with only one coming in League One.
A groin injury has ruled the forward out of the Blues’ past four games, however, and will miss the trip to Rochdale on Sunday.
Mason’s loan deal expires in January and Jackett has yet to determine if the 27-year-old will be part of his plans next year.
But the boss has insisted he won’t be rushing into a decision.
He said: ‘I will definitely (leave it as late as possible).
‘Goalscorers and forwards are difficult to come about. You have you look after the ones you’ve got, 100 per cent.
‘I know he can score goals and I’ve seen that many times myself in the Championship.
‘He can do it with the right backing and the right run. We won’t be rushing when we have to make that decision.
‘It's obviously his call and Wolves’ call. There are three parties in it – the two clubs and the player – and everybody will have a say.
‘From my own point of view anyway, we’ll deal with it when we come to it. There’s a lot of water under the bridge between now and then – it's not something I’m really losing any sleep over.
‘His goalscoring record is very good at a very good level. He’s still in his mid-20s and will come good again.’