Burgess Extends Contract

Last updated : 02 November 2017 By Jim Bonner

Christian Burgess has signed a two-year contract extension with Portsmouth, meaning he is now contracted to the club until the summer of 2020.

It's obviously excellent news that the 26-year-old has decided to commit his short-term future to Pompey and at least ensure a fee for his services if he were to leave between now and 2020.

Burgess has arguably been the Blues' most consistent performer in the last two seasons, although he has certainly found this campaign tougher. He still forms an excellent partnership with Matt Clarke at the back, however, and is coming into the peak of his career.

Now that Christian has signed a new deal, who else is willing to put pen to paper on a new contract when theirs expires at the end of the season?

Alex Bass, Drew Talbot, Brandan Haunstrup, Danny Rose, Milan Lalkovic, Jamal Lowe, Kal Naismith, Adam May, Ben Close and Curtis Main are all out of contract come June 2018 and fans will be wondering just who will stay at Pompey beyond that point.

If offered new contracts, it would be expected that Bass, Haunstrup, Lowe, May and Close would sign new deals given that Kenny Jackett likes to nurture young players and all of them (Bass excepted) have seen a fair portion of game time this season.

It wouldn't be surprising if Talbot, Lalkovic and Main were to leave given that none of them have made any real impact at Fratton Park during their Pompey careers and they are likely to feel their futures are elsewhere.

The two interesting names on that ten-man list above are Rose and Naismith, both pivotal players in the League Two title winning team of last season.

However, neither have played anywhere near as much as they would have liked. Rose seems to split opinion amongst Pompey fans but I believe he was the unsung hero of last season and the midfield has lost something without him in it.

As for Kal, he has deserved more chances than he has currently had this season and it's slightly baffling why Kenny has left out Pompey's top scorer from last season. Even when he plays, it's not in his best position out on the wing and will surely only push the Scot further towards the exit.

Therefore, it would hardly be surprising to see two star campaigners from yesteryear bid Portsmouth farewell in 2018 whether it be in the summer or even January.