Ritchie wants Magpies stay
Matt Ritchie is desperate to extend his stay at Notts County when his loan expires next month.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 17/11/09 12:42pm
Portsmouth midfielder Matt Ritchie is desperate to extend his loan spell at Notts County when his temporary stay comes to an end next month.
The midfielder arrived at Meadow Lane in August shortly after former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson was appointed director of football.
Since then the media spotlight has rarely left the League Two club and the 20-year-old admits he has loved every minute of it.
Ritchie is no stranger to life in English football's fourth tier having scored 12 goals in 40 games while on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge last term.
The youngster has carried that form into the current campaign and, although he sees his long-term future at Pompey, he feels he can improve his game under Swedish boss Hans Backe despite being brought to the club by former manager Ian McParland.
"I want to stay, nothing has changed with the old manager going," he told The News.
"I am settled, I am playing regularly and learning a lot every day by training and playing with so many experienced players.
"I hope the new manager wants to keep me. He is a good coach and I am sure he can make me a better player.
"I think I have played all right but there is still a lot more to come from me."