Why Portsmouth changed tack on contract position to hand prized asset Ronan Curtis new deal

Mark Catlin has revealed why Pompey softened their stance on contracts to hand Ronan Curtis a new deal.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:30 am

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Catlin feels it was necessary to take the opportunity to tie down Curtis’ future, however.

He said: ‘We’ve been consistent in regards to our players, if there is a compelling argument (to offer them a contract) we have to be pragmatic.

‘The opportunity became available and Ronan expressed a desire to us to commit long term.

‘We didn’t have to go chasing him for a new deal.

Ronan Curtis with chief operating officer Tony Brown. Picture: Portsmouth FC

‘He’s so committed to the club, loves the area and his family are massive converted Pompey fans.

‘It was a no brainer and when those opportunities do arise we will jump all over them.’

Pompey did have an option to extend Curtis’ previous agreement by 12 months, with it due to end this summer.

But the longer terms mean the Blues will be able to maximise the 23-year-old’s value if he does move on in the future.

Catlin added: ‘I’ve seen some scepticism towards it, but contracts are there.

‘Often, whether it’s down to the player or the club, people don’t see out the full term of their contracts.

‘But what this does say is that at this moment he’s happy here and there is an intent from the club and player.

‘While it doesn’t guarantee he will be here for three-and-a-half years it’s a message from Ronan over his belief in the club and where we’re going.

‘And it shows our belief in Ronan and how far he can progress as a player.

‘I don’t like to view players as assets, however the reality of football is the players are the biggest assets at a club.

‘If we can protect valuable assets it makes commercial and business sense.’