Pompey ace pens deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil has signed a two-year extension to his contract.Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Fratton Park.
The England Under-21 captain was tied to Pompey until 2007 but he has now been rewarded with a deal until 2009.
After spending a spell on loan with Cardiff City earlier in the season, O'Neil has forced his way back into the Portsmouth team.
He has featured heavily since Velimir Zajec replaced Harry Redknapp as manager and the 21-year-old had no qualms in extending his stay on the South Coast.
"I am enjoying my football at Fratton Park again and it shows what a few weeks can do," O'Neil told the club's official website.
"I was enjoying things on loan because I was involved and knew where I was but it was always my wish to play football at Fratton Park and I am delighted with the way things have turned out."
Meanwhile, Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric has confirmed that former boss Redknapp has enquired about taking Ricardo Fuller to Southampton.
Fuller was signed by Redknapp from Preston North End last August but has not scored for Portsmouth since September.
Redknapp wants the Jamaica international on loan for the rest of the season but Mandaric admits the striker will only leave Fratton Park on a permanent basis.
"Saints have made an enquiry and yes, they are interested in Ricardo," Mandaric told the Portsmouth Evening News.
"It wouldn't be a loan deal - we wouldn't consider that at all, especially to our friendly neighbours.
"But if the circumstances were right, I could see a sale being completed."