Pompey midfielder willing to cut pay - but will his pal go the same way?
By Site reporter
Wednesday 29 Dec 2010 21:54:00
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One of Pompey’s contract-conundrum midfielders says he is willing to take a 50 per cent pay cut to stay at Fratton – now supporters will be wondering whether the other one make a similar offer.

Richard Hughes says he and his agent have told Pompey they will negotiate downwards so the problem of the Scot being able to play only more one game for the club can be resolved. Hughes is anxious for it to be sorted so he can build on his star display in the 3-3 draw at Leeds.


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Hughes told The News: ‘You will have to ask the powers that be what is going on. Obviously, they have been very busy but I would have liked to have had it sorted out before now. I'm hopeful it can be because I love playing for Portsmouth and have never taken my time here for granted.

'I am appreciative of everything this football club has done for my career and just want to get out there and do what I love to do, which is play football. It's a difficult thing because I have read what has been said, and if I was a fan I would be asking questions about exactly what is happening.

'The people making the decisions know I would be delighted to take a significant salary decrease in order to waive this clause. I am not talking an insignificant amount either – I am talking 50 per cent because I appreciate financially things have to change.

'The last thing I want is for anybody to think is I am being greedy. My agent has had a conversation with the chief executive, it was very amicable and very professional. We made a proposal we think is fair in order to waive the clause, which means signing a contract from next season. As far as I am aware, it is left in their court and something can be achieved.'

Hughes’ outlook is refreshing among present-day footballers but the question on many Pompey fans’ lips will be: Is Michael Brown also willing to play for less pay? – although in the light of the Scot’s comments about the ball being in Pompey’s court, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a similar pay-cut proposal has already been put to them.

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