POMPEY are hoping a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ will prolong Marc McNulty’s Fratton stay.
The Blues are upbeat over the prospect of the striker remaining at the club for the season, after an explosive opening to his loan move.
We had an agreement with them that we’d keep him for the season.Leam Richardson
McNulty has immediately caught the eye after arriving from Sheffield United, with four goals in as many starts and two outings off the bench.
The 23-year-old received a standing ovation for his man-of-the-match display against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
That followed on from Blades boss, Nigel Adkins, saying his stay at Pompey will be reviewed in January.
That’s when his initial loan agreement concludes, although the Blues believe there is an understanding in place he will remain for the rest of the season.
McNulty himself has indicated he is ready to do that and spearhead Pompey’s promotion bid.
Assistant manager, Leam Richardson, said: ‘Do we want him to do well and catch Sheffield United’s eye? Let’s getting him doing well and staying here.
‘He’s an asset to Sheffield United and we’re thankful to them for letting him be here.
‘You keep your fingers crossed he will stay. We certainly hope that would be the case.
‘We had an agreement with them that we’d keep him for the season.
‘He wants to play football and he’s playing here.
‘That’s good for everybody, and it’s good for Sheffield United because the kid is growing in stature.
‘He’s gaining experience so we will have to see how that goes.
‘You’d hope so (being allowed to play in the FA Cup is a sign he will stay for the season).
‘When the move first came around the understanding was we’ve got him for a season.
‘There’s a gentleman’s agreement. He’s signed until January but is ready to sign again. Fingers crossed that’s the case.’
McNulty’s presence has immediately added another dimension to Pompey’s attacking play.
But Richardson is adamant there is still more to come from the Scottish hitman yet.
‘He’s getting better and we’ve seen now what the kid is about,’ said Richardson.
‘His technique and the technical side of his game is very good indeed.
‘Hopefully, we can bring him on now, because he’s only a young lad.
‘He’s still learning and all the time he’s doing that it’s better for us
‘He’s certainly got a lot of attributes.
‘His pace is deceptive.
‘One of his big strengths is out of possession – his thought process before he gets on the ball. His runs are very good.
‘We’ve seen the unselfish side of his game – when he squared it to Adam McGurk on Saturday.
‘He’s a clever player out of possession and has vision.’