, Portsmouth mainstay quizzed on contract situation with current deal up this summer

Portsmouth mainstay quizzed on contract situation with current deal up this summer

Portsmouth centre-back Sean Raggett isn’t thinking about his contract situation as he remains fully focused on the club’s push for promotion from League One.

Portsmouth have had Raggett on the books for coming up on five years now. He first joined on loan from Norwich City before signing permanently the following summer.

Now 30, Raggett has played for the League One side 233 times. Many perhaps expected his minutes to be more limited this season but a campaign-ending injury to Regan Poole has seen the Gillingham-born defender play 38 times, starting all but one league game since November 11th.

Question marks surround what could be next for the Pompey man as his contract comes to an end this summer. However, Raggett isn’t paying any attention to the matter yet.

Speaking with BBC South reporter Andrew Moon, Raggett has said his experience has helped him push his contract situation to the back of his mind. The full focus is on promotion, for both him and everyone else at Portsmouth.

“The club and the players are just focusing on getting promoted, and all of that side of things will come at the end of the season I’m sure,” he said.

“I’ve not personally thought about it myself at all really. I’m a bit older now, I’m 30 years old, so a bit more experienced. You can’t sort of leave those things in the back of your mind and just get on with the job you’ve got at hand.

“Maybe when I was a bit younger I might have been thinking about it a bit more but now, it’s just full focus on getting promoted.”

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, Portsmouth mainstay quizzed on contract situation with current deal up this summer

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Professionalism from Raggett

It’s what Portsmouth fans will have come to expect from Raggett as he approaches the end of his fifth season at the club. However, his focus on the promotion bid at Fratton Park encapsulates why he’s been such an important figure during his time at the club.

There’s no hiding that there have been disappointing moments over his Pompey career. Previous promotion campaigns have collapsed and at times, Raggett has found himself down the pecking order somewhat.

That was the case at the start of this season, but the centre-back remained professional and maintained his standards to be ready when called upon. It has seen him play a key role in a fantastic campaign to date, and even with his contract situation up in the air, he’s remaining locked in on the task at hand as Portsmouth look to get over the line in their promotion bid.

These are traits that often warrant contract extensions, but time will tell just what decision the club and player come to in the coming months.

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