Date: 13th December 2010 at 10:37am
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Ahead of the Norwich game Steve Cotterill was waxing lyrical about Dave Nugent.

Following this game, and the win that he played a major part in, I would imagine that he will be pressing the case for him to have a contract extension even stronger…

Given his form, both goalscoring and overall, in recent weeks then it would be a ‘fantastic boost’ if he did stay.

Cotterill had said: ‘it would be a fantastic boost for him to sign a new contract. He’s not only a top player but a top lad and a big part of the dressing room.

‘I don’t think we were ever close to losing him. I think there was a lot more made of it then there was any real substance. I don’t think so.

‘I think talks could go on over the next month. David Lampitt is trying to tee up a conversation with his agent.

‘It’s not something I deal with. I deal with whether I want them or not – and I want him.

‘There will be interest in him. He’s a good, young player and an infectious character.

‘I know where David’s head is. He’s happy at the moment. He’s not looking to leave and that’s a bonus for us.’

To be honest I would not go as far as saying he ‘would not’ leave in the New Year, although I do now think that he would be happy to stay.

This is not something that I would have, that often really, previously had thought.

When I say ‘stay’, I mean until the end of the season at least…

As for a new contract, my thoughts remain the same as ever.

Unless he takes a significant pay cut I cannot see how an extension can be signed as there is no way in hell he could be awarded a new contract on his current money, it just would not be possible!

This is an issue that will impact on the futures of a few players on the Pompey books – pay cuts ‘should’ make it possible for them to stay, unless this happens they will, if not in January then in the summer, be moving on…

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