Portsmouth striker Marko Futacs has failed to meet this week’s deadline to accept a new contract at to remain at Fratton Park.
Futacs, who signed on a free transfer from Werder Bremen last summer, was offered a one-year contract extension after the initial extension wasn’t completed earlier on in the season due to the large wages that were agreed.
The Hungarian giant made 30 appearances for the Blues last season – netting on five separate occasions, but due to Pompey’s financial troubles, only a new contract on heavily reduced wages could be offered to the 6ft 5in striker – one of only two players to be offered a new contract.
However, Futacs had until last Monday (18th) to accept the contract on new terms but has yet to contact the club or administrator Trevor Birch. This now means that Marko Futacs is essentially going to be a free agent with his contract expiring at the end of June, although if he does make a move to another club, Pompey will be due compensation under new rules for departures of players under the age of 24.
It will be sad to see Futacs leave, especially as the only other player who was offered a new contract was Kelvin Etuhu who has already snubbed Pompey and joined Barnsley.
Futacs made a big impact under Michael Appleton and could be a great player in League One and start to make a name for himself in English football, however, with uncertain times ahead for Portsmouth Football Club, the young giant can’t be blamed for protecting himself and his future.
Futacs opened his goalscoring for the season with a thunderous strike at the King Power Stadium to give Pompey a short-lived lead against Leicester City. He then went on to score in the following game against Watford, and then against Cardiff, Birmingham and Leicester later on in the season.
Although Futacs could potentially get in contact with the club and confirm that he does want to stay – or even see what happened with Rocha, as he was released then signed back up before the start of the season, it is unlikely that Futacs now sees his future at Fratton Park, and therefore we wish him all the best for the future! Early rumours suggest he may join Etuhu at Barnsley.
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