Portsmouth loanee not considering early Millwall recallÂ
Ben Thompson is refusing to contemplate an early Pompey departure.
The midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at the Blues from Millwall.
Thompson has impressed duringÂ the early stages of the campaign, quickly endearing himself to the Fratton faithfulÂ
The 23-year-old earned man-of-the-match plaudits against Fleetwood and Burton '“Â reward for his combative, high-energy performances.Â
His parent club holdÂ a recall option in January.Â
ThompsonÂ isn't thinking about a prematureÂ Lions return, though, and is revelling playingÂ regular football at Pompey.
He said: '˜I'm just concentrating on my football at the minute '“Â I don't think about anything behind the scenes.
'˜That's down to Millwall and Portsmouth and the two managers to talk about.Â
'˜I'm just enjoying playing again and getting out on the pitch.
'˜I want to be playing football. I can't be sitting on the bench again.
'˜I'm 23 now and my career is just really starting. I can't be wasting valuable experience and time on the pitch toÂ sitÂ on the bench.
'˜So that's something that needs to be discussed and we'll see where it goes.'
Thompson has been in close contact with Millwall boss NeilÂ Harris during his Pompey loan spell.
The Sidcup-born talent is contracted at the Den until June 2020 and currently regards his future with the Lions.
In the meantime, however, he's enjoying his time at the Blues.
Thompson added: '˜I've spoken to him (Neil Harris)Â a few times. He's given me a bit of advice and wished me luck before games.
'˜He even came to watch me at Wimbledon.Â
'˜It's nice to have the support of the manager '“Â he's a top man and I have a lot of respect for him.
'˜I'm still contracted to Millwall, I'm a Millwall player and a big Millwall fan myself.
'˜My future is with Millwall at the moment but it's nice to be respected by the Pompey fans and Pompey as a club.
'˜IÂ heard good things before I came here and it's proven what a great club it is.
'˜I've enjoyed every minute of it '“Â I can't fault it one bit.'