Tom Naylor is a player who has been almost ever present for Portsmouth once again this term and continues to be one of the first names on the team sheet under the guidance of Kenny Jackett.
The 29-year-old defensive midfielder has played 34 games across all competitions so far this campaign for the South Coast club and as a result has helped his side into promotion contention as they seek to banish their play-off demons of last year.
He has formed a solid partnership in the centre of the park with Andrew Cannon and the duo keep the Pompey engine room ticking along to great effect, however there are question marks over whether this will be the case past the end of the current season.
Naylor is out of contract at Fratton Park in a matter of months and with his performances having been of such a high level, he is sure to attract plenty of interest from elsewhere in his services come the end of June.
Portsmouth are highly unlikely to want to lose their captain although many fans will be alarmed by the fact that the skipper is seemingly no closer to agreeing a new deal as the months continue to tick down towards his potential departure.
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Given the player’s age, it is completely understandable that he is taking his time before making a decision on where his future lies, with his next career move sure to be his last before he hangs up his boots.
Having played the vast majority of his career to date at both League One and Two level, it is fair to assume that Naylor would be keen to try his hand in the Championship once more after getting a taste for it during his time at Burton Albion.
So his future with his current employers could greatly depend on whether Pompey seal a return to the second division or not, with Jackett’s men still very much in the race for promotion at the time of writing.
In short, securing the future of Naylor should be viewed as a priority by the powers that be on the South Coast, as he continues to set the standard for midfield performance in League One.