Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has revealed that he believes the best of Christan Burgess is still yet to come in a Pompey shirt.
The centre-back has established himself as a first-choice centre-back at Fratton Park because of some fantastic performances, whilst he has also formed a strong partnership with loanee Sean Raggett.
Speaking to Portsmouth.co.uk, Jackett said: “Christian has been a good part of the journey – the League Two days and now League One days.
“Like all of us, he will be hoping for a Championship leg as well. To reach 200 games is a good achievement and I am sure he’ll be determined to prolong that.
“He’s had a good campaign so far and the partnership with Sean Raggett has been the best one of the season, it’s the one I’ve selected the most.
“Christian’s all-round game is good, as is his concentration and professionalism. In terms of leadership and talking, it has improved and is improving as he gets older.
“He is coming into his peak years for a centre-back, which is somewhere between 27/28 – 32/33, and will get better.”
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The 28-year-old defender has featured 35 times across all competitions this season for Portsmouth, whilst also clocking up his 200th game in the blue and white kit that resembles the south coast club.
The experienced centre-back signed for the club from Peterborough United in 2015 when Portsmouth were still residing in League Two, but he has been a main part of their rise back up the football pyramid as they currently chase a play-off spot in League One.
Burgess has made 200 appearances since becoming a Portsmouth player, and he has proved to be a threat in both boxes as he has netted 11 goals for Pompey across his four-and-a-half years at the club.
The defender will now be aiming to make it into the Championship as his Portsmouth dream continues.
Burgess has remained loyal to Portsmouth across the years, as he has become a fans’ favourite at Fratton Park thanks to his commanding performances at the back.
He has become a leader in the dressing room, and despite being 28, he could have a lot more to give if he is able to help his club reach the Championship in time for the start of next season.