Focus has turned to the future of Caolan Lavery after Marc McNulty’s Pompey stay was confirmed.
As revealed by The News on December 8, a gentleman’s agreement was in place for McNulty to remain at the Blues beyond his initial loan.
That was implemented yesterday when the 23-year-old extended his spell from Sheffield United until the end of the season.
Securing the services of the six-goal forward is a massive boost to Pompey’s hopes of automatic promotion.
In addition, over the next 24 hours Matt Clarke is also expected to finalise remaining at Fratton Park until the campaign’s end.
However, the teenager will be unable to feature against parent club Ipswich in this weekend’s FA Cup third-round visit to Portman Road.
With Jayden Stockley’s return to Bournemouth now gone through, the ongoing presence of Lavery must also be addressed.
The 23-year-old’s loan from Sheffield Wednesday is scheduled to expire next week, having arrived at Pompey in the middle of October.
He has scored four goals in 13 appearances and was voted by readers of The News as the Blues’ player of the month for December.
Before Lavery’s arrival, he had not played a single minute of the Owls’ Championship campaign.
They have continued to perform well in his absence and are seventh in the table following a 1-0 victory over Fulham at the weekend.
Lavery has indicated he is keen to remain at Fratton Park if he continues to find himself on the sidelines at Hillsborough – and Cook has been impressed with his contribution.
The former Northern Ireland under-21 international is out of contract in the summer.