POMPEY remain hopeful Adam Webster will pledge his future to Fratton Park.
The 20-year-old has been offered a fresh deal, with his current agreement expiring at the end of this month.
We are certainly not that far away and as soon as we can get an agreement Adam will signMark Catlin
However, the defender has yet to sign as boss Paul Cook seeks to rebuild the Blues.
Mark Catlin insists negotiations are continuing with Webster and his representative – talks which began at the end of 2014.
According to the Blues’ chief executive, both parties are presently ‘not that far away’.
And Pompey are eyeing the contract being finalised in time for the start of pre-season training on June 29.
Catlin said: ‘There are on-going talks with Adam and his representative and we are confident we will get something agreed.
‘When a player is out of contract there is always a fear he may leave, although as a club we have the protection of the under-24 tribunal mechanism.
‘But the priority is to get Adam to sign.
‘We have not set any deadline, although he will be expected to return for the start of pre-season.
‘There has been no outright rejection by Adam and we are confident this can be resolved.
‘We are certainly not that far away and as soon as we can get an agreement he will sign.
‘It is just about final negotiations over a few minor points.’
Webster has made 46 Pompey appearances and scored three goals since making his debut in January 2012.
He enjoyed an impressive end to last season, starting the final four matches in the centre of defence.
Should he elect to leave, the Blues are entitled to development compensation as he is under 24.