Awford relaxed about contract talks with duo

Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler

Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Andy Awford is remaining relaxed over contract negotiations with Dan Butler and Adam Webster.

Last month The News revealed the home-grown duo had been offered fresh terms to remain at Fratton Park.

They are among 16 players whose existing contracts expire in the summer.

Awford has made retaining Butler and Webster his top priority, as a result opening talks over the prospect of new deals early.

So far, though, agreements have yet to be reached as discussions with the defensive pair’s representatives continue.

Regardless, Awford is comfortable with the ongoing progress over two players he sees as integral to the Blues’ future.

He said: ‘As a club we are still negotiating with Dan and Adam. The situation is ongoing.

‘They are not out of contract until the end of the season so there is not an immediate rush.

‘But we would like them to remain at the football club and they are the first players we have approached about new deals.

‘We are still talking, it is how it is and hopefully something can be sorted.

‘They are great lads who are the future of this football club and we want them to remain with us.’

Butler has made 17 appearances this season – 13 of them starts – during his battle with Nicky Shorey for the left-back spot.

He recently lost his place to the veteran following a red card in the Boxing Day match against AFC Wimbledon.

Webster has started the last four matches at right-back following two months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The England youth international made his Blues debut in January 2011 against West Ham.

He has made 37 Pompey appearances.