Marko Futacs will be staying at Portsmouth for an extra season after the club activated a clause in his contract.
The Hungarian striker's initial one-year deal was due to expire this summer, but he has impressed Michael Appleton sufficiently for the Pompey boss to move quickly and tie him down to another 12 months.
"It has been done. Marko probably doesn't know about it but it has been done," Appleton told The News.
"You may think I'm probably being a bit crafty with this one and maybe I was. But I knew that I was going to involve Marko at some point because I was impressed with him.
"So I sat down with his agent two weeks before he was in the first team. I spoke to Marko's agent again on Thursday, so there's not a problem.
"I am sure he will be happy enough over the next week or so. Don't worry about it, Marko will be around for a while. He won't be leaving here."
PHOTO: Marko Futacs in action in the home defeat against Millwall 2011-2012
April 10, 2012
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Marko Futacs bemoaned Pompey’s lack of firepower following defeat to Millwall.
Harry Kane’s first-half strike was enough to seal victory for the Lions and leave the Blues on the verge of relegation to League One.
With just four games left to play, the gap between Pompey and safety is nine points.
The Blues travel to Doncaster on Saturday knowing that they will be relegated if they fail to match Bristol City’s result at Birmingham.
And Futacs knows that a clinical touch in front of goal is needed if they are to leave the Keepmoat Stadium with their Championship status intact.
The striker said: “I’m not sure why it didn’t work out for us – we just seemed to lack something.
“It gets hard when you keep going 1-0 down and you have to score. That has happened too many times recently.
“We had some chances at the end that their keeper did well to save and I had a couple of shots as well, but we didn’t create enough.
“It’s disappointing after our positive performance at Southampton. We actually started the game quite well, but then dropped after the first 15 minutes.
“We were better in the second half, but you have to score. The manager brought me on to refresh the side, but I wasn’t good enough.
“Three points is what we need now and we will go to Doncaster next week and try to win the game.”
Futacs insisted that Pompey will not give up hope of staying up until it is mathematically impossible.
He said: “We have to keep fighting because there are four games left to play. As long as there is still a chance, we have to keep going.
“We have to keep playing for the club, for the fans and for ourselves. We’re not going to give up.”
Futács started his youth career at III. Kerületi TUE from Óbuda in his hometown Budapest. He soon transferred to second-tier club Ferencvárosi TC from the IXth district of Budapest. In the summer of 2006, he went to France, signing for AS Nancy. Futács quickly ascended up the ranks, scoring 18 goals in 21 matches with the under-18 team. In the 2007–08 season, Futács was already part of AS Nancy B, the club's second team. In early 2009, Futács signed a professional contract at SV Werder Bremen II until June 2011 About the transfer, manager Klaus Allofs said: "Marko is a young player with perspective who we have observed for some time now. The opportunity was good to bring him to us so we decided to take the step. We hope that he can continue to develop with us." He made his Werder Bremen first-team debut on 20 July 2009 in a pre-season 2–1 win over VfL Wolfsburg, replacing Marcelo Moreno Martins in the 60th minute. Futács scored two goals in four friendly matches with Bremen in the summer of 2009.
On 26 August 2011, Futács signed a one-year deal with Portsmouth, with an option for a further year. After he joined Portsmouth he said, "Portsmouth is a great club with big names such as Kanu". He made his league debut as a late substitute in the 4–3 defeat away to West Ham United in September 2011. He scored his first goal in October 2011, in a 2–0 friendly win against Russian Premier League side FC Rostov.
His first league goal came in December 2011, during his first league start, in a 1–1 away draw against Leicester City. Two days later, he scored his second for the club in their next match against Watford On 18 January 2012, Portmouth extended contract of Futács for another year On 21 January 2012, Futács scored his third goal for the club, as Portsmouth lost 3–2 against Cardiff City After two months without scoring, Futács scored his fourth goal for the club, as Portsmouth won 4–1 against Birmingham City on 20 March 2012, giving the club their first win since the club entered administration.
After scoring two goals in two starts for Portsmouth under Michael Appleton, Futács will be staying at Portsmouth for an extra season after the club activated a clause in his contract as his contract expires this season. However, Futács revealed that he yet signed a new contract, despite Appleton claiming Futács agreed signed a new contract. After yet signing a contract at Portsmouth, Celtic and Rangers attracted interest signing Futács, with Rangers who wanted him to replace the departing Nikica Jelavić and Celtic who wanted a seeking target-man. However, the move never materialize when the winter transfer deadline was closed. Following Portsmouth administration in the last two years which their 10-point deduction for going into administration, Futács vowed to stay at the club and help them secure survival in the Championship status after risk losing a number of key players in the wake of their financial problems.
Futács was a member of the bronze medal winning U-20 Hungary squad in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Futács scored one goal in the tournament in the semi-finals against Ghana. Futács is currently playing for the U-21 squad.
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