Halford eyes Wolves chance
Greg Halford says he is determined to fight for his place at Wolves, despite interest from Portsmouth.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 03/06/11 3:26pm
Wolves defender Greg Halford insists he is determined to fight for his place at the Premier League club, despite interest from Portsmouth.
The 26-year-old impressed during a season-long loan spell on the South Coast, helping Pompey rebuild in the Championship after suffering relegation from the top flight.
However, with Portsmouth's new owners completing their takeover earlier this week, the former Sunderland man says he is keen to test himself in the Premier League next season.
"The manager, Steve Cotterill, has expressed his desire to sign me permanently and now that the takeover has gone through I have no doubt that Wolves will be getting a call from them," Halford told skysports.com.
"I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, but I still haven't been given a real chance at Wolves and I'm eager to play regularly in the Premier League.
"Having worked so hard in pre-season to make the 25-man squad last season I felt that I should have been given more of a chance once the season started.
"Hopefully, I can kick on during this pre-season and show the gaffer what I can bring to the table and add to the team."
With the financial backing from new owners Convers Sports Initiatives behind them, Portsmouth are expected to push for promotion next season and Halford is confident that the club can succeed.
He added: "The Championship has definitely got stronger this summer, with all of the clubs that have come down from the Premier League likely to be strong again next season.
"However, with the financial backing behind Portsmouth now I'm sure it will be a busy summer for the gaffer there and an exciting season next year for them.
"They've only got nine professional players there, but I'm sure that the gaffer has had a long list of targets since he came into the club and it was just a case of waiting till the Russians came in before he could start working through that shortlist."