Nugent has Pompey drive
Portsmouth striker David Nugent is now keen to remain at the club after speaking with Steve Cotterill.
Last Updated: 19/07/10 4:48pm
Portsmouth striker David Nugent is now keen to remain at the club after speaking with manager Steve Cotterill.
The 25-year-old has impressed with his attitude during Pompey's pre-season campaign and could be a key player in the Championship next term.
Nugent has had a difficult time on the South Coast since his move from Preston in 2007, and spent last season on loan at Burnley.
But having heard the plans of new boss Cotterill, he is determined to prove his worth and help the team move forward.
He told The News: "I'm happy to be here. There haven't been any offers for me, so I'm back here to enjoy myself and my football. I have a year left on my contract and we have a gaffer who has come in and wants to keep me.
"It's nice to feel wanted for a change. I've sat down with the gaffer and we have had a chat. I was first in on the first day of pre-season. I wanted to make a good impression.
"We had a chat and he told me the plans for the club. It sounded good and I want to be a part of it.
"I'm a Portsmouth player and looking forward to the season."
Cotterill arguably has his biggest challenge to date at Fratton Park, as he looks to turn the club's fortunes around amidst their off-field problems.
Nugent has been impressed with the former Cheltenham, Stoke, Burnley and Notts County manager so far, and is optimistic ahead of the new campaign.
He added: "I know the gaffer from when he was at previous clubs.
"He's someone I've always got on with, and we've always got on well when we have spoken. It's going to nice to work under him and it's nice to feel wanted.
"He's a character and there is a bit of banter about him. I've heard a lot of good things about him, too.
"I've been speaking to Stevie Jordan, who is on trial, and worked with him at Burnley.
"He says he was a good manager and good to work with. Hopefully, he can bring all the qualities that he has to Portsmouth and we can have a good season."