Pompey: Marc McNulty says sign me up

Marc McNulty celebrates his goal against Crawley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marc McNulty celebrates his goal against Crawley. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Marc McNulty has committed his future to Pompey.

And the striker has revealed he is open to a permanent move to Fratton Park.

McNulty is expected to extend his loan deal until the end of the season this week – after continuing his Blues goal run against Crawley.

But the 23-year-old has stated for the first time he would be keen on making it a full-time stay with Paul Cook’s side.

The Scottish hitman is loving life on the south coast and has hit six goals in nine starts.

Pompey fans gave McNulty a standing ovation and sang ‘sign him up’ after he was withdrawn in Saturday’s 3-0 success.

And that is something the livewire is happy to do.

McNulty said: ‘The clubs are trying to get the final bits over the line, so I think it will be clearer the first few days of this week. It will be clearer then.

‘I’m optimistic, so fingers crossed. I want to be a part of what’s happening here.

‘It’s a great club which is going places and, as a player, that’s what you want to be a part of.

‘You never know, the clubs are trying to agree what’s best for themselves and what’s best for me.

‘If the chance came to sign permanently here and Sheffield United don’t see my future there, then definitely.

‘It’s one million per cent I’d like to stay at a club like this one.

‘I’m loving my football at a club like this, with a manager like this. The boys are great and the supporters are great.

‘It’s a great club to be a part of.’

McNulty was at the centre of an irresistable performance as Pompey put Crawley to the sword.

It was a dominant attacking display from Cook’s side, with McNulty grabbing a typically cool finish to put the Blues 2-0 up in the first half.

The gap remains four points to the automatic promotion spots – with the top sides also winning on Saturday.

McNulty knows it was an important win and is confident his loan side will reel in their rivals over the second half of the season.

He said: ‘It was important to get a win and I was delighted to score.

‘You don’t want the gap getting too big at this time of season.

‘Everyone wants to go up. That’s a no-brainer.

‘You don’t want the gap getting too big, so it was very important to keep the pressure on the teams above us.

‘As long as we take care of business it’ll be fine.

‘We’re due a run of winning games and the boys are confident other teams will slip up.

‘We definitely feel we will get stronger.

‘There’s been a lot of draws. Some teams like to sit deep against us.

‘But we got the early goal against Crawley and that made it pretty comfortable.

‘I think we are confident we will be in a strong place come the end of the season.’