Portsmouth striker Ellis Harrison has revealed his desire to stay at the club and fight for inclusion next season, as reported by The News.
The report states that it was expected that the 27-year-old would have departed if Pompey had secured the signing of Jayden Stockley, but the former Preston forward opted to join for fellow promotion chasers Charlton.
In mid-June, Harrison was linked with a move away.The third tier duo of Oxford and Fleetwood were both interested in striking a deal for the striker.
In the last 24 hours, Portsmouth have announced the signing of two forwards. Gassan Ahadme was the first to put pen to paper on a season-long loan from Norwich, whilst Jayden Reid also signed a deal at the club after becoming a free agent in the summer.
Speaking to The News about his intentions to remain on the south coast, Harrison said: “I haven’t focused on anything else if I’m being honest.
“I’m contracted to Portsmouth and have just come back from injury. My main aim is to get fit and nothing else. I’ve been looking at Portsmouth and looking at myself. I’m settled with my missus and the baby loves it down here.
“I’ve got no intention of going. Hopefully, I have a lot better of a season this time around.”
Harrison will be hoping to return to full fitness after last season was cut short by an injury. And whilst four goals in 25 outings is not necessarily ideal, his physicality and link-up play make him an exciting option.
Despite the new forwards coming in, they are both very inexperienced. This means Harrison will most likely still have a large part to play and could be a vital figure in both the new arrival’s progression.
Pre-season is a perfect opportunity to impress the manager and get himself in contention for starting the first game of the season.
With his sole intention being centred around staying at the club, there is no distractions for him in pursuit of regular football for next year.