Pompey make Curtis a special case and hand winger new deal

PORTSMOUTH have rewarded Ronan Curtis for an impressive run of form by handing the Republic of Ireland international a new three-and-a-half year contract.

The move is a reverse of the club’s previous stance to leave talks on fresh deals until the end of the season, and may be intended to ward off interest from other clubs in the 23-year-old.

Curtis has been Pompey’s player of the season so far, scoring 13 goals in all competitions, with ten in his last 16 appearances. His goals have been key to Pompey’s progress to the FA Cup fifth round and helped move them into the top six, with games in hand on most of the teams above them.

The deal keeps the Republic of Ireland international forward at Fratton Park until the summer of 2023.

“I love this club to pieces and I couldn’t really wish for anything better,” said Curtis, who signed from Derry City in the summer of 2018.

“Kenny (Jackett), Joe (Gallen) and the rest of the staff gave me a chance by bringing me here, and I wanted to repay them by staying loyal, while the fans are great.

“The group of lads we’ve got all get on like a house on fire and we all want to win promotion with Pompey.

“The supporters are right behind us and with the players and staff here, we’re confident that can happen.

“We weren’t playing to our standards at the start of the season, but now we’re picking up lots of points and want to make sure that continues.”