Kenny Jackett has stated that any contract talks will have to wait a bit longer in regards to his Portsmouth squad.
Some of Pompey’s most senior players are still waiting on contract situations to clear up with two of Saturday’s goal-scorers, Christian Burgess and Ronan Curtis, on deals that run out at the end of the current campaign.
They are two of nine players who have a deal that will expire at the end of the season, but Portsmouth are insisting on focusing on their ambition of promotion as a starting point.
Jackett has insisted that his side must be focused on their next few games, and that the individual situations will come further down the line when the club is in a better position to discuss them.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Jackett said: “At the moment, with January still to end, let’s concentrate on Lincoln, concentrate on Sunderland, make sure we can get those things right and individual situations will just have to wait a little longer down the road.”
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It’s an interesting point from Jackett, and it’s not often you see managers look to avoid discussion on contracts as they’re usually wanting to sort the business so quickly.
It certainly is a refreshing take, and shows how focused the boss is on getting that all important promotion to the Championship.
This way of doing things could come back to haunt them, as if they slip off in the table then they could be at risk of losing players such as Curtis and Burgess.
Jackett will hope that he can do something special with this Portsmouth squad and if so then they would be queuing at the door to sign new contracts.