Ben Davies is set to discuss a new Pompey deal.
The 34-year-old right-back has been one of the stars of the season so far for the Blues after a string of consistent displays.
Talks haven’t started but the gaffer has told me he wants to sit down with meBen Davies
Now boss Paul Cook has made it clear he wants to discuss an extension to keep him at Fratton Park, with his existing deal set to run out at the end of the current campaign.
During Davies’ trial spell last summer, a few concerns were raised over whether the manager had made the right decision to bring in a makeshift right-back to fill the role in his revamped defence.
If there were any doubts about him, Davies has since shot them down, with his energy, commitment and quality shining through.
Now, understandably, Cook wants to reward him with an extended stay.
But as a free agent next summer, rival clubs will be able to speak to him in January and could take him away on a Bosman – even though Davies has concerns over a move to La Liga in Spain!
Davies joked: ‘I’m sure Real Madrid and Barcelona will be in for me!
‘I’ve got a contract until the end of the season.
‘Talks haven’t started but the gaffer has told me he wants to sit down with me when we have got the games out of the way over Christmas.
‘Hopefully, something will be sorted out after Christmas – I can’t go abroad because I can’t get the dog over there!
‘When I came here first of all, I had to come and fight for a contract.
‘Then I had to fight for a place in the team, and then fight to stay in the team.
‘At a club like this, you have to keep playing well or players will be there to take your place.’
Ahead of today’s trip to Northampton, Davies has missed just two first-team games all season – the Capital One Cup defeat to Reading and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy loss at Exeter.
And he believes his form is largely down to the fact that he is enjoying his football under Cook.
‘It’s always been the case through my career that I play my best football when I am really enjoying it,’ added Davies.
‘At the moment, it’s going well for me.
‘When you are playing at Fratton Park every week in front of those fans, it’s easy to give your best.
‘It’s been going well and hopefully that continues.
‘It helps playing for the gaffer because it probably suits me a lot more than where I have been at before.
‘We’ve got some good players here and the lads have been excellent.
‘We keep the ball well and there are options when you have got the ball.
‘We’ve been playing well for the majority of the season but maybe that bit of luck has changed over the past two or three weeks.
‘We are showing what we can do.’