Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis has admitted he’s unsure where he will be playing football next season, with his Pompey contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
Pompey are currently sat 10th in League One and remain 11 points behind the play-off spots, making another season in the third tier a likely reality. All the while, Fratton Park favourite Curtis sees his contract with the club tick down into its final months, with no extension penned or offered as of yet.
The 26-year-old has played 226 games to date for Pompey, registering 57 goals and 42 assists in that time after arriving from Derry City back in 2018. But now the winger could be about to play his final games for Portsmouth, after he admitted to The Portsmouth News that he’d like to stay at the club, but it’s still a decision that he and the club must come to
“I’ve never been out of contract here before, this is the first time it’s happened, but I will leave that to the agent and club.
“I love it down here. The fans are amazing, the club’s amazing, my missus is from here, my new-born child was born here, obviously I love it here. But I have been here five years and you’ve got to see what the club wants to do at the end of the day.
“We will review it at the end of the season. I will talk to the club and the club can talk to me, we’ll see what happens.”
Time to move on?
Curtis has played 25 league games so far this season, but with just 13 of those starts and only two goals and one assist to his name so far, he’s not had the same impact on Pompey as years gone by, potentially leaving the door open to a fresh start.
His lowest return in a league season on the south coast was eight goals and eight assists, something that he’s nowhere close to achieving this time around.
Portsmouth have also found themselves stuck in the third tier since their promotion from League Two in 2017, currently in their sixth campaign and heading for a seventh – failing to reach the play-offs in the previous three years, maybe seeing them wish to go in a different direction to change their fortunes.
Portsmouth travel to 23rd place Cambridge United on Saturday, with kick-off at 3pm.