Wanted man Fogden keen to stay

Pompey midfielder Wes Fogden Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Wes Fogden Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey midfielder tracked by other clubs

WES FOGDEN has revealed he has been approached about a move away from Pompey but insisted: I want to stay at Fratton Park.

The popular Blues midfielder is one of 11 players out of contract in the summer and is waiting on the offer of a new deal from the club.

There have been calls to my agent but that is bound to happen.

Wes Fogden

In the 2-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town, Fogden was given his longest first-team run out since his return from injury.

He came on as a substitute to replace the injured Danny East in the first half.

While his future has yet to be resolved, Fogden looks most likely to be one of those offered fresh terms by boss Andy Awford at the end of the campaign.

And although the 26-year-old is allowed to speak to other clubs in the final six months of his contract and clearly has interest, he is happy to bide his time.

Fogden said: ‘I haven’t spoken to any other clubs myself.

‘There have been calls to my agent but that is bound to happen. I’m out of contract in the summer and I need to find somewhere.

‘But I want to stay. I have received so many nice messages from Pompey fans when I was out injured and they meant a lot.

‘So I will carry on giving my all until my contract is up and then we’ll see what happens.

‘It’s a nice place to play here at Fratton Park.

‘When you are not training and playing, you might have a little think about what’s going to happen in the future.

‘But I’m not worried. Football is a funny game and what will be, will be.

‘Before I got my injury, I think I have shown what I am all about for clubs to see that.

‘I played from January to May last season and then had the knee injury but it feels fine now.

‘Even now, I think I am capable of showing what I can do so I’m not worrying about it too much.’

Fogden, who joined on a free transfer from Bournemouth in January last year, believes he is getting closer to regaining his full match sharpness.

And if does extend his Blues stay, he knows Pompey need to make some big improvements to mount a promotion challenge next season.

‘It was nice to get out there on Saturday and get longer than 10 or 15 minutes. I just need more minutes now,’ said Fogden.

‘We’ve had one win in seven so it’s not been great lately.

‘If we want to be the side that achieves success, we can’t have one or two months of good football and good results.

‘It is the most consistent teams that get promotion.

‘Over the course of a season, we need to be better as a whole group.

‘Every game matters and we need to play every game as if it’s going to be our last.

‘Sometimes you might not be playing your best football or your touch might not be there but the minimum you should give is 100 per cent with attitude and work-rate –and maybe at times we haven’t had that.’