Pompey offer Futacs deal

Appleton hoping striker will agree to a reduced salary next season

Marko Futacs: Portsmouth striker has been offered a new deal on reduced terms

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Michael Appleton is hoping Marko Futacs will sign a new contract at Portsmouth after the striker was offered reduced terms to stay at Fratton Park.

Futacs scored five goals in 29 Championship appearances this season after joining Pompey last summer and admitted last week that he would be keen to remain at the club.

He started in only 12 of those appearances and there have been suggestions that concerns over the possibility of regular first-team football could lead to the 22-year-old moving on.

However, Appleton feels the former Werder Bremen youngster could play a key role in League One next season and is waiting for the Hungarian to make a decision.

Big and strong

"Marko has been offered a deal to stay and it is up to him," Pompey boss Appleton told The News.

"It is for one year and is a different one in terms of wages to what he currently has.

"I know he wants me to guarantee him regular football but I could never promise that to anybody. Regardless, he has been offered a deal to stay and it is now his choice.

"I want Marko to stay because what he might bring to us is something different. He's a big, strong lad. Although, to be honest, I think he did his best work as more of an impact player.

"You never know, though. If he can get a good pre-season under his belt, who knows what the season holds for him?

"At the end of the day, an offer has been made. The deal has been put into place and it is now up to him. We will see what happens. It would be great if he did sign it."

Meanwhile, Portsmouth have also offered new contracts to striker Ashley Harris and his fellow 18-year-old Dan Butler.