Trevor Carson has voiced his desire to remain at Fratton Park and be part of the Pompey ‘take off’.
The 26-year-old will be a free agent at the campaign’s end, although player contract talks are on hold until Andy Awford is confirmed as manager.
It has created an uncertain future for the goalkeeper, who has established himself as a leading contender for The News/Sports Mail’s Player of the Season title.
Carson has made it clear he is eager to stay permanently at the club he joined on loan in October.
In the meantime, the finishing touches are being put to the deal to install Awford as manager.
And Carson would relish being a team member under that way forward for Pompey.
He said: ‘I would stay if I had the chance and if I am not here next season I would be advising people to stick a fiver on Pompey to get promoted.
‘You feel around the place that it’s ready to take off.
‘I’m not saying it’s a good thing we haven’t gone up this year, but maybe this was a year too soon.
‘I just think we are ready to go next season and whoever is here will take off big time.
‘I had a discussion with Awfs (Awford) a couple of weeks ago and he said he likes me, which is good to know.
‘It was a one-on-one. When he took over he called everyone in and had a chat.
‘In the last conversation I said: “You get your side sorted and then if you want to speak I am obviously more than willing to sign”.
‘We will see what happens, I don’t want to be one of the more than 900 on the scrapheap scratching around for a contract, so it would be great if something can come of it.
‘You hear from your agent there are other clubs watching, rumours everywhere, but I don’t want to keep my options open. I want to stay at Pompey, it’s as simple as that.
‘If a contract was on the table tomorrow and right for me and my family I would sign it, I don’t want to go anywhere else.
‘Hopefully, I can stay and be part of the journey which is no doubt going to happen.’
To add to Carson’s uncertain summer, he is scheduled to get married in Newcastle in June.
Presently, his young family are renting a flat in Southsea and he is desperate to locate on the south coast permanently.
Carson added: ‘It would be nice to have it sorted before I get married. If not, wherever I go I will get my sleeves rolled up and do my best.
‘At the end of the day I am trying to put bread on the table – we are League Two footballers trying our best.
‘Me, my fiancé and my two-year-old daughter live in Southsea and, being in a little flat, it’s not your own.
‘We’ve got a dog and can’t have it in the flat because we are renting.
‘If I was to sign, I could buy a house and settle here. A happy footballer makes a good footballer and that would benefit me as well as the team.’