Portsmouth chief reveals Jordy Hiwula wants Fratton Park future - despite Swindon interest

Jordy Hiwula is keen to pledge his future to Pompey, despite interest from other clubs.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 10:58 am
Mark Catlin believes Jordy Hiwula wants to stay at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler

That’s the verdict of Mark Catlin, who remains in negotiations with the striker and his representatives over extending his Fratton Park stay.

Hiwula’s short-term deal expires on January 20, with Kenny Jackett determined to retain him for Pompey’s promotion hunt.

The 26-year-old has been restricted to just five appearances – consisting of 10 minutes of League One action.

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Nonetheless, despite wanting more first-team action, Catlin is optimistic over the former Coventry man staying on the south coast.

The Blues’ chief executive told The News: ‘We have been talking to Jordy for a while now.

‘Obviously he needs to keep his options open, but we'll keep working on that and hopefully something can be agreed that is amicable for both parties.

‘We have spoken to his agent a number of times, discussions about length and salary, pretty standard stuff when it comes to negotiating contracts.

‘I know Kenny would like him to stay, I believe Jordy likes it here and would like to stay, but ultimately it comes down to money and contract length.

‘Sometimes that is driven not by the club or the player, but by external parties such as agents.

‘Agents generally look for that stability and length of contract – and I am sure that forms any part of discussion we are having.

‘We’ll just have to wait and see how it develops.’

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He had been a free agent after leaving Coventry in the summer, with Jackett offering a way back into football in October on a short-term deal.

Now fully up to speed in terms of fitness – and three goals – other clubs have been circulating ahead of his existing deal’s expiry.

Catlin added: ‘Players such as Jordy are always going to have interest from other clubs.

‘Strikers are a rare breed and his record is very good, he has shown glimpses of what he can do at Pompey.

‘Players like that are always going to be in demand.’

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