Date:Monday October 13 2008
Sean Davis has told The News that he wants to stay at Pompey - it is now up to the club to decide if this is going to happen...
He looked a nailed on dead cert to leave in the summer, but for whatever reason did not, despite rumoured reports that he turned down a move to Celtic - which he confirmed. As others went he remained, then his chance came and as he did last season he took it.
Davis says that he has asked for a new deal but nothing has been offered to him, so all he can do is wait and see what happens: 'It's up to the club really. I want to stay.
'I asked for a contract last season and haven't heard back since. All I can do is get my head down and see what happens, but I want to play here.
'I had the chance to move to Celtic but wanted to stay in the Premier League and go on a journey with Portsmouth Football Club.
'Obviously, I came to the club when they were in a desperate situation. Now they have moved on. That's progress, and I want to move with the club as well.
'Portsmouth are going in the right direction - the owner's given good backing and hopefully we can go on a run. I don't want to go anywhere else but at the moment I have no idea where my future will be.
'The ball's in their court, it's always been in their court.'
I still get the impression that Harry Redknapp would not think twice about bringing in somebody new if he had the finances to do so, so I feel that Davis would end up in the same position as he did last season - he would play extremely well, but as soon as someone else came along he would be out! Although to be fair if you had to pick between Davis and Lassana Diarra, as we did in January, there is only one winner.
Given the same situation in January there is little doubt in my mind the same would happen again, which would be a shame for the fella as he offers us something that few others in our midfield do... He is a grafter that will give his all for the side every time he plays. He might lack the quality of some, but makes up for that with his work ethic, commitment and dedication.
His contract runs out at the end of the season, and he could agree a free transfer move to another club ready for next summer in the New Year if we do not act fast - so time is running out.
To be honest looking at the midfield that we have and the chance that some of our best midfielders 'might' leave next summer, if not in January, it seems all the more important to get him to sign a new contract - but at the same time if he is one of those that Redknapp is not completely sure about if we tie him down to a longer contract his wages, which I would think are fairly good, will stay on the wage bill even if he is not featuring at all...
Jermain Defoe came off the bench for England at the weekend and scored within minutes - showing the world exactly what he can do, as if they did not know!
He is currently being selected ahead of Michael Owen at the moment, but he knows he must keep performing for us to get his chances - and he believes he can and will: 'I just want to keep improving.
'I'm playing in a good team at club level and am going to get chances to score goals. I believe that if I get chances, I'll score.
'I always work hard in training and just want to keep it going and going. If I'm doing what I'm doing then hopefully, I would back myself to keep Michael out.
'I cannot afford to get complacent. You have to do it for the whole season. It's a good feeling to get in ahead of Michael. He's a player I have always looked up to. He's a great goalscorer with a record that speaks for itself. I just want to look at myself though, work hard and keep getting my goals.'
The goal might have done enough to earn him a start against Belarus, but the chances are Fabio Capello will probably stick with Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey - even if this is not something that the majority would agree with!
Thoughts on all please guys - you know what to do...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday October 13 2008
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