Hitman wants Pompey stay

John Marquis celebrates his goal against Oxford. Picture: Joe Pepler
John Marquis celebrates his goal against Oxford. Picture: Joe Pepler

John Marquis has set his sights on a stay at Pompey – and an extended run in the starting 11.

The 21-year-old vowed he is loving life at Fratton Park and is keen to prolong his loan stay with the Blues.

Marquis grabbed his second goal in his third appearance against Oxford on Tuesday night – after arriving on loan from Millwall.

His loan is up after the Bury game next week but the hitman has already spoken of his desire to stay put beyond that date.

Marquis said: ‘It goes until the 19th against Bury.

‘I signed initially for a month and wanted to see how things go.

‘I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve been here.

‘But it’s something between Millwall and Portsmouth.

‘If they’d like to extend it, I’d be happy to say – but it’s between the clubs.’

Marquis had to wait for his breakthrough after agreeing the move to Pompey last month.

He failed to see any action against Fleetwood but left the bench to score late on at York.

Now, he is hoping to be able to keep himself in the starting 11 and pick up a run of games.

Maquis said: ‘I’ve made two starts, had one sub appearance and got myself two goals.

‘I’ve come here to play but knew it would be hard with the players here.

‘I knew I was going to have to work hard and show the manager what I could do in training.

‘David (Connolly’s) injury has created a chance for me to play and I’ve tried to do the best I can for the last two games.

‘I’m going to try to keep my place in the team.

‘By scoring against Oxford it gives the manager a decision to make about what he wants to do when David comes back.’