Doyle happy to be dealt in for a year

Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Midfielder not perturbed at length of contract
  • Doyle aiming to play for another four years

MICHAEL DOYLE promised he has no concerns with the length of his Pompey contract.

The midfield enforcer has laid down his plans to play on for another four years after making a promising opening to his Blues career.

I’m not going to be banging down doors looking for contracts.

Michael Doyle

Three pre-season outings so far have offered a glimpse of what the 33-year-old will add to Paul Cook’s squad.

Doyle got 45 minutes under his belt in the opener against Hawks and played the full 90 minutes against Bognor on Friday night before a 21-minute cameo against Coventry City on Tuesday.

The Irishman inked a one-year deal earlier this month, as a positive conclusion was reached to what became a protracted move.

The length of his agreement is shorter than that handed to many of his Pompey team-mates.

Gary Roberts, Christian Burgess and Kal Naismith have all signed for three years.

While the likes of Kyle Bennett, Enda Stevens, Adam McGurk and fellow midfielder Adam Barton all agreed terms for two years.

The man who left Sheffield United in the summer dismissed being handed a shorter contract, though.

Doyle explained he won’t be sitting in the comfort zone during the season ahead at his new club.

He said: ‘I’ve signed for a year. I’m happy enough with that. I don’t need a long contract at my age.

‘If that happens people start to question it.

‘I wasn’t banging on the manager’s door asking for two years.

‘The manager had a chat with me about it along with the chief exec.

‘I’m comfortable with it. It keeps me on my toes and, at my age, you need to be kept on your toes.

‘I’ve had long contracts but, for me, it doesn’t matter.

‘I’m here to play as many games as possible and be part of successful team.

‘Everything else will look after itself. I am not going to be banging down doors looking for contracts.’

The word from within the Pompey camp is Doyle’s levels of fitness have been a standout as the squad gear up for the new campaign.

That underlines what Doyle told The News earlier this month, with the former Celtic trainee not missing a day’s training for six years.

He outlined his plans to play on for a number of years and knows that can be at Pompey if he makes a mark.

Doyle said: ‘I’m not looking to sit around and get too comfortable. I want to make the most of my career.

‘I want to make the most of the time I have left and enjoy it.

‘I don’t need a lot of security. I’m comfortable. Everyone’s different.

‘What will be, will be. If the club want me here they will want me here.

‘I’m doing my best to be here for as long as possible and play for as long as I can.

‘If you look at my record since I started playing first-team football, I’ve played around 46 games a season and 480 career games.

‘I’ve got another good three or four years left in me.

‘I’m fit and look after myself.’